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HF 253

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 03/13/2012 12:27pm

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A bill for an act
relating to taxation; sales and use; repealing June accelerated tax payment;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 289A.18, subdivision 4; 289A.20,
subdivision 4; 297F.09, subdivisions 1, 2; 297F.25, subdivision 2; repealing
Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 289A.60, subdivision 15; 297F.09, subdivision
10; 297G.09, subdivision 9.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 289A.18, subdivision 4, is amended to
read:


Subd. 4.

Sales and use tax returns.

(a) Sales and use tax returns must be filed on or
before the 20th day of the month following the close of the preceding reporting period,
except that annual use tax returns provided for under section 289A.11, subdivision 1, must
be filed by April 15 following the close of the calendar year, in the case of individuals.
Annual use tax returns of businesses, including sole proprietorships, and annual sales tax
returns must be filed by February 5 following the close of the calendar year.

(b) Returns for the June reporting period filed by retailers required to remit their
June liability under section 289A.20, subdivision 4, paragraph (b), are due on or before
August 20.

(c) (b) If a retailer has an average sales and use tax liability, including local sales and
use taxes administered by the commissioner, equal to or less than $500 per month in any
quarter of a calendar year, and has substantially complied with the tax laws during the
preceding four calendar quarters, the retailer may request authorization to file and pay the
taxes quarterly in subsequent calendar quarters. The authorization remains in effect during
the period in which the retailer's quarterly returns reflect sales and use tax liabilities of less
than $1,500 and there is continued compliance with state tax laws.

(d) (c) If a retailer has an average sales and use tax liability, including local sales and
use taxes administered by the commissioner, equal to or less than $100 per month during a
calendar year, and has substantially complied with the tax laws during that period, the
retailer may request authorization to file and pay the taxes annually in subsequent years.
The authorization remains in effect during the period in which the retailer's annual returns
reflect sales and use tax liabilities of less than $1,200 and there is continued compliance
with state tax laws.

(e) (d) The commissioner may also grant quarterly or annual filing and payment
authorizations to retailers if the commissioner concludes that the retailers' future tax
liabilities will be less than the monthly totals identified in paragraphs (b) and (c) and (d).
An authorization granted under this paragraph is subject to the same conditions as an
authorization granted under paragraphs (b) and (c) and (d).

(f) (e) A taxpayer who is a materials supplier may report gross receipts either on:

(1) the cash basis as the consideration is received; or

(2) the accrual basis as sales are made.

As used in this paragraph, "materials supplier" means a person who provides materials
for the improvement of real property; who is primarily engaged in the sale of lumber and
building materials-related products to owners, contractors, subcontractors, repairers,
or consumers; who is authorized to file a mechanics lien upon real property and
improvements under chapter 514; and who files with the commissioner an election to file
sales and use tax returns on the basis of this paragraph.

(g) (f) Notwithstanding paragraphs (a) to (f) (e) , a seller that is not a Model 1, 2, or
3 seller, as those terms are used in the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, that
does not have a legal requirement to register in Minnesota, and that is registered under the
agreement, must file a return by February 5 following the close of the calendar year in
which the seller initially registers, and must file subsequent returns on February 5 on an
annual basis in succeeding years. Additionally, a return must be submitted on or before
the 20th day of the month following any month by which sellers have accumulated state
and local tax funds for the state in the amount of $1,000 or more.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective beginning with the June 2011 tax
liabilities.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 289A.20, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Sales and use tax.

(a) The taxes imposed by chapter 297A are due and
payable to the commissioner monthly on or before the 20th day of the month following the
month in which the taxable event occurred, or following another reporting period as the
commissioner prescribes or as allowed under section 289A.18, subdivision 4, paragraph
(e) or (f) or (g), except that:

(1) use taxes due on an annual use tax return as provided under section 289A.11,
subdivision 1
, are payable by April 15 following the close of the calendar year.; and

(2) except as provided in paragraph (f), for a vendor having a liability of $120,000
or more during a fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, and fiscal years thereafter, the taxes
imposed by chapter 297A, except as provided in paragraph (b), are due and payable to the
commissioner monthly in the following manner:

(i) On or before the 14th day of the month following the month in which the taxable
event occurred, the vendor must remit to the commissioner 90 percent of the estimated
liability for the month in which the taxable event occurred.

(ii) On or before the 20th day of the month in which the taxable event occurs, the
vendor must remit to the commissioner a prepayment for the month in which the taxable
event occurs equal to 67 percent of the liability for the previous month.

(iii) On or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the taxable
event occurred, the vendor must pay any additional amount of tax not previously remitted
under either item (i) or (ii ) or, if the payment made under item (i) or (ii) was greater than
the vendor's liability for the month in which the taxable event occurred, the vendor may
take a credit against the next month's liability in a manner prescribed by the commissioner.

(iv) Once the vendor first pays under either item (i) or (ii), the vendor is required to
continue to make payments in the same manner, as long as the vendor continues having a
liability of $120,000 or more during the most recent fiscal year ending June 30.

(v) Notwithstanding items (i), (ii), and (iv), if a vendor fails to make the required
payment in the first month that the vendor is required to make a payment under either item
(i) or (ii), then the vendor is deemed to have elected to pay under item (ii) and must make
subsequent monthly payments in the manner provided in item (ii).

(vi) For vendors making an accelerated payment under item (ii), for the first month
that the vendor is required to make the accelerated payment, on the 20th of that month, the
vendor will pay 100 percent of the liability for the previous month and a prepayment for
the first month equal to 67 percent of the liability for the previous month.

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), a vendor having a liability of $120,000 or more
during a fiscal year ending June 30 must remit the June liability for the next year in the
following manner:

(1) Two business days before June 30 of the year, the vendor must remit 90 percent
of the estimated June liability to the commissioner.

(2) On or before August 20 of the year, the vendor must pay any additional amount
of tax not remitted in June.

(c) (b) A vendor having a liability of:

(1) $10,000 or more, but less than $120,000 during a fiscal year ending June 30,
2009,
and fiscal years thereafter, must remit by electronic means all liabilities on returns
due for periods beginning in the subsequent calendar year on or before the 20th day of
the month following the month in which the taxable event occurred, or on or before the
20th day of the month following the month in which the sale is reported under section
289A.18, subdivision 4; or
.

(2) $120,000 or more, during a fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, and fiscal years
thereafter, must remit by electronic means all liabilities in the manner provided in
paragraph (a), clause (2), on returns due for periods beginning in the subsequent calendar
year, except for 90 percent of the estimated June liability, which is due two business days
before June 30. The remaining amount of the June liability is due on August 20.

(d) (c) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) or (b) or (c), a person prohibited by the
person's religious beliefs from paying electronically shall be allowed to remit the payment
by mail. The filer must notify the commissioner of revenue of the intent to pay by mail
before doing so on a form prescribed by the commissioner. No extra fee may be charged to
a person making payment by mail under this paragraph. The payment must be postmarked
at least two business days before the due date for making the payment in order to be
considered paid on a timely basis.

(e) Whenever the liability is $120,000 or more separately for: (1) the tax imposed
under chapter 297A; (2) a fee that is to be reported on the same return as and paid with the
chapter 297A taxes; or (3) any other tax that is to be reported on the same return as and
paid with the chapter 297A taxes, then the payment of all the liabilities on the return must
be accelerated as provided in this subdivision.

(f) At the start of the first calendar quarter at least 90 days after the cash flow
account established in section 16A.152, subdivision 1, and the budget reserve account
established in section 16A.152, subdivision 1a, reach the amounts listed in section
16A.152, subdivision 2, paragraph (a), the remittance of the accelerated payments required
under paragraph (a), clause (2), must be suspended. The commissioner of management
and budget shall notify the commissioner of revenue when the accounts have reached
the required amounts. Beginning with the suspension of paragraph (a), clause (2), for a
vendor with a liability of $120,000 or more during a fiscal year ending June 30, 2009,
and fiscal years thereafter, the taxes imposed by chapter 297A are due and payable to the
commissioner on the 20th day of the month following the month in which the taxable
event occurred. Payments of tax liabilities for taxable events occurring in June under
paragraph (b) are not changed.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective beginning with the June 2011 tax
liabilities.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 297F.09, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Monthly return; cigarette distributor.

On or before the 18th day
of each calendar month, a distributor with a place of business in this state shall file a
return with the commissioner showing the quantity of cigarettes manufactured or brought
in from outside the state or purchased during the preceding calendar month and the
quantity of cigarettes sold or otherwise disposed of in this state and outside this state
during that month. A licensed distributor outside this state shall in like manner file a
return showing the quantity of cigarettes shipped or transported into this state during the
preceding calendar month. Returns must be made in the form and manner prescribed by
the commissioner and must contain any other information required by the commissioner.
The return must be accompanied by a remittance for the full unpaid tax liability shown by
it. For distributors subject to the accelerated tax payment requirements in subdivision 10,
the return for the May liability is due two business days before June 30th of the year and
the return for the June liability is due on or before August 18th of the year.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective beginning with the June 2011 tax
liabilities.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 297F.09, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Monthly return; tobacco products distributor.

On or before the 18th
day of each calendar month, a distributor with a place of business in this state shall file
a return with the commissioner showing the quantity and wholesale sales price of each
tobacco product:

(1) brought, or caused to be brought, into this state for sale; and

(2) made, manufactured, or fabricated in this state for sale in this state, during the
preceding calendar month.

Every licensed distributor outside this state shall in like manner file a return showing the
quantity and wholesale sales price of each tobacco product shipped or transported to
retailers in this state to be sold by those retailers, during the preceding calendar month.
Returns must be made in the form and manner prescribed by the commissioner and
must contain any other information required by the commissioner. The return must be
accompanied by a remittance for the full tax liability shown. For distributors subject to the
accelerated tax payment requirements in subdivision 10, the return for the May liability is
due two business days before June 30th of the year and the return for the June liability is
due on or before August 18th of the year.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective beginning with the June 2011 tax
liabilities.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 297F.25, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Payment.

Each taxpayer must remit payments of the taxes to the
commissioner on the same dates prescribed under section 297F.09, subdivision 1, for
cigarette tax returns, including the accelerated remittance of the June liability.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective beginning with the June 2011 tax
liabilities.

Sec. 6. REPEALER.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 289A.60, subdivision 15; 297F.09, subdivision
10; and 297G.09, subdivision 9,
are repealed.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective beginning with the June 2011 tax
liabilities.

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