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HF 2072

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/07/2017 02:38pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to campaign finance; repealing the political contribution refund; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 270A.03, subdivision 7; 289A.50, subdivision
1; 290.01, subdivision 6; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 13.4967,
subdivision 2; 290.06, subdivision 23.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 270A.03, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Refund.

"Refund" means an individual income tax refund deleted text beginor political
contribution refund,
deleted text end pursuant to chapter 290, deleted text beginordeleted text end a property tax credit or refunddeleted text begin,deleted text end pursuant to
chapter 290A, or a sustainable forest payment to a claimant under chapter 290C.

For purposes of this chapter, lottery prizes, as set forth in section 349A.08, subdivision
8
, and amounts granted to persons by the legislature on the recommendation of the joint
senate-house of representatives Subcommittee on Claims shall be treated as refunds.

In the case of a joint property tax refund payable to spouses under chapter 290A, the
refund shall be considered as belonging to each spouse in the proportion of the total refund
that equals each spouse's proportion of the total income determined under section 290A.03,
subdivision 3
. In the case of a joint income tax refund under chapter 289A, the refund shall
be considered as belonging to each spouse in the proportion of the total refund that equals
each spouse's proportion of the total taxable income determined under section 290.01,
subdivision 29
. The commissioner shall remit the entire refund to the claimant agency,
which shall, upon the request of the spouse who does not owe the debt, determine the amount
of the refund belonging to that spouse and refund the amount to that spouse. For court fines,
fees, and surcharges and court-ordered restitution under section 611A.04, subdivision 2,
the notice provided by the commissioner of revenue under section 270A.07, subdivision 2,
paragraph (b), serves as the appropriate legal notice to the spouse who does not owe the
debt.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for political contribution refund claims
based on contributions made on or after July 1, 2017.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 289A.50, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

General right to refund.

(a) Subject to the requirements of this section
and section 289A.40, a taxpayer who has paid a tax in excess of the taxes lawfully due and
who files a written claim for refund will be refunded or credited the overpayment of the tax
determined by the commissioner to be erroneously paid.

(b) The claim must specify the name of the taxpayer, the date when and the period for
which the tax was paid, the kind of tax paid, the amount of the tax that the taxpayer claims
was erroneously paid, the grounds on which a refund is claimed, and other information
relative to the payment and in the form required by the commissioner. An income tax, estate
tax, or corporate franchise tax return, or amended return claiming an overpayment constitutes
a claim for refund.

(c) When, in the course of an examination, and within the time for requesting a refund,
the commissioner determines that there has been an overpayment of tax, the commissioner
shall refund or credit the overpayment to the taxpayer and no demand is necessary. If the
overpayment exceeds $1, the amount of the overpayment must be refunded to the taxpayer.
If the amount of the overpayment is less than $1, the commissioner is not required to refund.
In these situations, the commissioner does not have to make written findings or serve notice
by mail to the taxpayer.

(d) If the amount allowable as a credit for withholding, estimated taxes, or dependent
care exceeds the tax against which the credit is allowable, the amount of the excess is
considered an overpayment. deleted text beginThe refund allowed by section 290.06, subdivision 23, is also
considered an overpayment.
deleted text end The requirements of section 270C.33 do not apply to the
refunding of such an overpayment shown on the original return filed by a taxpayer.

(e) If the entertainment tax withheld at the source exceeds by $1 or more the taxes,
penalties, and interest reported in the return of the entertainment entity or imposed by section
290.9201, the excess must be refunded to the entertainment entity. If the excess is less than
$1, the commissioner need not refund that amount.

(f) If the surety deposit required for a construction contract exceeds the liability of the
out-of-state contractor, the commissioner shall refund the difference to the contractor.

(g) An action of the commissioner in refunding the amount of the overpayment does not
constitute a determination of the correctness of the return of the taxpayer.

(h) There is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of revenue the
amount necessary to pay refunds allowed under this section.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for political contribution refund claims
based on contributions made on or after July 1, 2017.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 290.01, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Taxpayer.

The term "taxpayer" means any person or corporation subject to a
tax imposed by this chapter. deleted text beginFor purposes of section 290.06, subdivision 23, the term
"taxpayer" means an individual eligible to vote in Minnesota under section 201.014.
deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for political contribution refund claims
based on contributions made on or after July 1, 2017.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 13.4967, subdivision 2; and 290.06, subdivision 23, new text end new text begin
are repealed.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for contributions made after June 30,
2017, and refund claims filed after June 30, 2017.
new text end

APPENDIX

Repealed Minnesota Statutes: 17-3963

13.4967 OTHER TAX DATA CODED ELSEWHERE.

Subd. 2.

Political contribution refund.

Certain political contribution refund data in the Revenue Department are classified under section 290.06, subdivision 23.

290.06 RATES OF TAX; CREDITS.

Subd. 23.

Refund of contributions to political parties and candidates.

(a) A taxpayer may claim a refund equal to the amount of the taxpayer's contributions made in the calendar year to candidates and to a political party. The maximum refund for an individual must not exceed $50 and for a married couple, filing jointly, must not exceed $100. A refund of a contribution is allowed only if the taxpayer files a form required by the commissioner and attaches to the form a copy of an official refund receipt form issued by the candidate or party and signed by the candidate, the treasurer of the candidate's principal campaign committee, or the chair or treasurer of the party unit, after the contribution was received. The receipt forms must be numbered, and the data on the receipt that are not public must be made available to the campaign finance and public disclosure board upon its request. A claim must be filed with the commissioner no sooner than January 1 of the calendar year in which the contribution was made and no later than April 15 of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the contribution was made. A taxpayer may file only one claim per calendar year. Amounts paid by the commissioner after June 15 of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the contribution was made must include interest at the rate specified in section 270C.405.

(b) No refund is allowed under this subdivision for a contribution to a candidate unless the candidate:

(1) has signed an agreement to limit campaign expenditures as provided in section 10A.322;

(2) is seeking an office for which voluntary spending limits are specified in section 10A.25; and

(3) has designated a principal campaign committee.

This subdivision does not limit the campaign expenditures of a candidate who does not sign an agreement but accepts a contribution for which the contributor improperly claims a refund.

(c) For purposes of this subdivision, "political party" means a major political party as defined in section 200.02, subdivision 7, or a minor political party qualifying for inclusion on the income tax or property tax refund form under section 10A.31, subdivision 3a.

A "major party" or "minor party" includes the aggregate of that party's organization within each house of the legislature, the state party organization, and the party organization within congressional districts, counties, legislative districts, municipalities, and precincts.

"Candidate" means a candidate as defined in section 10A.01, subdivision 10, except a candidate for judicial office.

"Contribution" means a gift of money.

(d) The commissioner shall make copies of the form available to the public and candidates upon request.

(e) The following data collected or maintained by the commissioner under this subdivision are private: the identities of individuals claiming a refund, the identities of candidates to whom those individuals have made contributions, and the amount of each contribution.

(f) The commissioner shall report to the campaign finance and public disclosure board by each August 1 a summary showing the total number and aggregate amount of political contribution refunds made on behalf of each candidate and each political party. These data are public.

(g) The amount necessary to pay claims for the refund provided in this section is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of revenue.

(h) For a taxpayer who files a claim for refund via the Internet or other electronic means, the commissioner may accept the number on the official receipt as documentation that a contribution was made rather than the actual receipt as required by paragraph (a).