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SF 381

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 01/30/2015 08:40am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to taxation; sales and use; modifying the threshold for the duration of
premises leases for certain nonprofit fund-raising events; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2014, section 297A.70, subdivision 14.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 297A.70, subdivision 14, is amended to

Subd. 14.

Fund-raising events sponsored by nonprofit groups.

(a) Sales of
tangible personal property or services at, and admission charges for fund-raising events
sponsored by, a nonprofit organization are exempt if:

(1) all gross receipts are recorded as such, in accordance with generally accepted
accounting practices, on the books of the nonprofit organization; and

(2) the entire proceeds, less the necessary expenses for the event, will be used solely
and exclusively for charitable, religious, or educational purposes. Exempt sales include
the sale of prepared food, candy, and soft drinks at the fund-raising event.

(b) This exemption is limited in the following manner:

(1) it does not apply to admission charges for events involving bingo or other
gambling activities or to charges for use of amusement devices involving bingo or other
gambling activities;

(2) all gross receipts are taxable if the profits are not used solely and exclusively for
charitable, religious, or educational purposes;

(3) it does not apply unless the organization keeps a separate accounting record,
including receipts and disbursements from each fund-raising event that documents all
deductions from gross receipts with receipts and other records;

(4) it does not apply to any sale made by or in the name of a nonprofit corporation as
the active or passive agent of a person that is not a nonprofit corporation;

(5) all gross receipts are taxable if fund-raising events exceed 24 days per year;

(6) it does not apply to fund-raising events conducted on premises leased for more
than deleted text beginfivedeleted text endnew text begin tennew text end days but less than 30 days; and

(7) it does not apply if the risk of the event is not borne by the nonprofit organization
and the benefit to the nonprofit organization is less than the total amount of the state and
local tax revenues forgone by this exemption.

(c) For purposes of this subdivision, a "nonprofit organization" means any unit of
government, corporation, society, association, foundation, or institution organized and
operated for charitable, religious, educational, civic, fraternal, and senior citizens' or
veterans' purposes, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of a private

(d) For purposes of this subdivision, "fund-raising events" means activities of
limited duration, not regularly carried out in the normal course of business, that attract
patrons for community, social, and entertainment purposes, such as auctions, bake sales,
ice cream socials, block parties, carnivals, competitions, concerts, concession stands,
craft sales, bazaars, dinners, dances, door-to-door sales of merchandise, fairs, fashion
shows, festivals, galas, special event workshops, sporting activities such as marathons and
tournaments, and similar events. Fund-raising events do not include the operation of a
regular place of business in which services are provided or sales are made during regular
hours such as bookstores, thrift stores, gift shops, restaurants, ongoing Internet sales,
regularly scheduled classes, or other activities carried out in the normal course of business.

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new text begin This section is effective for sales and purchases made after
June 30, 2015.
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