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Legislative Digest
APRIL 13, 2018
Legislators return from break

After a week recess for Easter and Passover, legislators returned to the Capitol this week to continue debating tax reform, federal conformity and what changes Minnesota will make to its tax code. This week, the House Tax Committee considered a bill to reduce by 1 percent all four income tax bracket rates.

Tax reform is a top priority for legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton, but it's not the only hot topic. In addition to tax reform, legislators are discussing many other issues, including cybersecurity, MNLARS, capital bonding projects, school safety and preventing elder abuse.

At this point in the session, there are more questions than answers. Ample opportunity remains to share your thoughts and ideas with your legislators and shape the 2018 tax bill.

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Department of Revenue releases beta version of a sales tax tracking map

Keeping track of what sales tax rate to collect can be challenging. Businesses want to collect and remit the correct amount of tax, but sometimes, the rate is not obvious and the wrong amount is collected. Businesses then face significant penalties for not collecting and remitting the correct amount.

The Department of Revenue (DOR) has created a mapping tool that helps identify a sales tax rate based on a physical location on a map. This tool will allow you to see what state, county, city and special district taxes apply.

What does the map do?
The new map shows users a view of the entire state with sales tax rates, allowing for users to zoom in and out to find specific jurisdictions. Users can also enter an address and an autofill function will help them find the full address location they are looking for. A pop-up box will show the rates for the specific location you are viewing.

Try the beta tax rate locator

The DOR encourages feedback after you've played around with the map. Let them know what works, what isn't working, and if there are other options they should consider as they continue to develop this tool.

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DOR issues follow up report for individual tax listening sessions

In 2017, the DOR held three listening sessions with MNCPA members and other tax professionals around the state to discuss Minnesota's individual tax administration, and to seek input to consider for future DOR policy changes. In this follow-up report, the DOR provides a response to the feedback and information about the procedures it has changed.

Read the report (PDF)
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