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Owner Of Shuttered Mpls. Restaurant Charged With Tax Fraud

The owner of a former Minneapolis restaurant was charged Wednesday with 68 counts of failing to pay sales tax and filing fraudulent and false tax returns. According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, 46-year-old Michael Ralph Whitelaw underreported sales by more than $1 million, and he underpaid tax by $100,000.

10/15/2014

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Is Amazon Building A Distribution Center In Minn.?

The world’s largest internet company could be building a distribution center in Minnesota. The Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal says Amazon is looking to offer same day delivery in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

09/23/2014

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Minn. Cities, Counties To Catch Sales Tax Break

Minnesota city and county governments have a good reason to wait until after the holidays to do any major shopping: Starting Jan. 1, much of the stuff they buy will be tax-free.

12/15/2013

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Minn. Senate Leader: Rebate Checks ‘Unlikely’

Don’t count on a sales tax rebate check like the ones that became popular in prior years Minnesota ran a budget surplus. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Monday that it’s unlikely his chamber would go that route if there are extra dollars for lawmakers to allocate next year. A forecast last week showed $825 million available but a new report will come out as lawmakers return in late February. The Democrat from Cook says his preference is to add more money to the state’s budget reserves, consider transportation investments and make other tax and spending decisions that don’t have a lasting budget impact.

12/09/2013

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Minn. Sales Tax Ruling Stands; Up To $17M On The Line

A ruling that went against Minnesota government in a long-running sales tax dispute will stand, potentially costing the state $17 million in revenue. Revenue Department Deputy Commissioner Matt Massman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the agency won’t appeal a September court ruling.

11/19/2013

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Car Refurbisher Charged With Stealing $128K From Customers, Investor

A Crystal man was charged Friday with one felony count of aggravated theft by swindle after stealing nearly $128,000 for several people in a car refurbishing scheme first investigated by WCCO in 2011. According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, 24-year-old Zachary Maxwell Moore stole $127,839 from 33 people over two years, several of whom originally paid his company, Civics Reborn, to refurbish old Honda Civics. Defendants claim that Moore was initially attentive with customers until after they paid for the car and refurbishments in full, then he became almost impossible to contact. He also moved his company’s location six times, failing to pay full rent to each landlord before relocating.

09/20/2013

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Will MN’s New Tobacco Tax Spark ‘E-Cigarette’ Sales?

Minnesota’s new $1.60-per-pack sales tax increase on cigarettes begins next week. Meanwhile, retailers are betting smokers will try to switch to a tobacco product not subject to the state’s tobacco taxes: electronic cigarettes.

06/24/2013

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Warehousing Companies Fight Expanded Sales Tax

Some Minnesota businesses that would be subject to a new sales tax expansion are complaining loudly and trying to get parts of it repealed. The pending sales tax on warehousing services is a big concern at companies like Distribution Alternatives in Lino Lakes and Lawrence Transportation in Red Wing.

06/18/2013

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Ringtones, Digital Books, More Soon Taxed In Minn.

Need that new Justin Bieber ringtone? Come July 1 buying it will carry a Minnesota sales tax. Hiring a repairman for the office photocopier? That labor will be taxed. Catching a pay-per-view movie on satellite television? There’s a tax on that, too.

06/13/2013

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Minn. Officials To Discuss Sales Tax Changes

The Minnesota Department of Revenue is advising businesses and others about changes to the state sales tax that legislators approved last month. The agency planned to release details Thursday meant to clear up confusion about new exemptions and newly imposed taxes.

06/13/2013

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Sales Tax On Clothing Still ‘On The Table’

With ten days to go in the 2013 session, DFL legislative leaders held budget talks with Governor Mark Dayton Friday to hammer out their differences on tax and budget issues, including a Senate proposal to extend the state’s sale tax to clothing.

05/10/2013

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Senate Plan Would Expand Minn. Sales Tax, Cut Rate

The debate over the size and reach of Minnesota’s sales tax swept back into the state Capitol on Thursday with a Senate proposal to make everything from car repairs to dating services taxable.

04/11/2013

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Minn. Headed For Stand-Pat Year On Transportation

The head of a transportation finance committee in the Minnesota Legislature doesn’t expect to see a major infusion of money for roads, bridges and mass transit to come together this year.

04/10/2013

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Gov. Dayton Turns To ‘Plan B’ Budget

Gov. Mark Dayton is asking Minnesota’s wealthiest citizens to pay more than a billion dollars in new income taxes in order to boost state funding for schools and colleges by nearly $640 million.

03/14/2013

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Dayton Draws Minn. Tax Debate Into Sharper Focus

Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday set up the clear-cut tax debate his aides say he’s always craved, demanding that Minnesota’s best-off residents pay higher income taxes to boost spending on education and other services.

03/14/2013

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Will Dayton Drop His Clothing Tax Proposal?

Minnesota retailers are hoping Gov. Mark Dayton will reconsider the part of his budget plan that would tax some pieces of clothing.

03/11/2013

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Dayton Ready To Drop Minnesota Sales Tax Overhaul

After taking a lot of heat from the business community, Gov. Mark Dayton is dropping one of his sales tax proposals.

03/08/2013

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Dayton: Revised Budget Coming Early Next Week

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton hasn’t decided whether to keep a proposed sales tax expansion intact but says he expects to announce a revised budget early next week.

03/06/2013

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Dayton Administration Puts Finer Point On Tax Plan

Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration is striking back against perceptions that his proposed sales tax expansion would put Minnesota business at a disadvantage when bidding for service contracts in other states.

02/15/2013

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Key Points From ‘State Of The State’ Address

In his third “State of the State” address Wednesday night at the State Capitol, Gov. Dayton focused mainly on the budget, but he did throw in one surprise. He gave his biggest statement yet in support of legalizing gay marriage.

02/07/2013

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Gov. Walker Says He’s Not Going To Raise Sales Tax

Gov. Scott Walker says he won’t be proposing eliminating the income tax in favor of a steep sales tax hike.

02/06/2013

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Sales Tax Plan Would Be Boon To Some Minn. Cities

About two dozen Minnesota cities and counties whose sales taxes piggyback on the state’s would see a gusher of new money if Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed sales tax expansion prevails.

01/28/2013

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Talking Points: Gov. Dayton’s Sales Tax Proposal

In the coming weeks, Gov. Mark Dayton will be trying to sell his new tax plan. The plan would reduce the current sales tax rate from 6.8 percent to 5.5 percent, while increasing the number of goods and services that will be taxed.

01/27/2013

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Reality Check: Perspective On Minnesota’s Sales Tax

Even though Minnesota’s sales tax is high, it takes in a less money than other states with similar tax rates.

01/23/2013

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Dayton Must Sell Sales Tax Change To Fellow DFLers

State Rep. Ben Lien is a freshman Democrat from Moorhead, where clothing merchants enjoy an advantage over competitors in Fargo just across the river because Minnesota doesn’t have a sales tax on apparel.

01/23/2013

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