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Chapter 349

Section 349.19

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349.19 Records and reports.

Subdivision 1. Required record of receipts. A licensed organization must keep a record of each occasion on which it conducts gambling, including each bingo occasion and each day on which other forms of lawful gambling are conducted. The record must include gross receipts, quantities of free plays if any, expenses, prizes, and gross profit. The board may by rule provide for the methods by which expenses are documented. In the case of bingo, gross receipts must be compared to the checkers' records for the occasion by a person who did not sell cards for the occasion. Separate records must be kept for bingo and all other forms of lawful gambling.

Subd. 2. Accounts. Gross receipts from lawful gambling by each organization must be segregated from all other revenues of the conducting organization and placed in a separate account. All expenditures for expenses, taxes, and lawful purposes must be made from the separate account except (1) in the case of expenditures previously approved by the organization's membership for emergencies as defined by board rule, or (2) as provided in subdivision 2a. The name and address of the bank, the account number for the separate account, and the names of organization members authorized as signatories on the separate account must be provided to the board when the application is submitted. Changes in the information must be submitted to the board at least ten days before the change is made. Gambling receipts must be deposited into the gambling bank account within four business days of completion of the bingo occasion, deal, or game from which they are received. A deal of pull-tabs is considered complete when either the last pull-tab of the deal is sold or the organization does not continue the play of the deal during the next scheduled period of time in which the organization will conduct pull-tabs. A tipboard game is considered complete when the seal on the game flare is uncovered. Deposit records must be sufficient to allow determination of deposits made from each bingo occasion, deal, or game at each permitted premises. The person who accounts for gambling gross receipts and profits may not be the same person who accounts for other revenues of the organization.

Subd. 2a. Tax refund or credit. (a) Each organization that receives a refund or credit under section 297E.02, subdivision 4, paragraph (d), must within four business days of receiving a refund under that paragraph deposit the refund in the organization's gambling account.

(b) The organization may expend the tax refund or credit issued under section 297E.02, subdivision 4, paragraph (d), only for lawful purposes, other than lawful purposes described in section 349.12, subdivision 25, paragraph (a), clauses (8), (9), and (12). Amounts received as refunds or allowed as credits must be spent for qualifying lawful purposes no later than one year after the refund or credit is received.

Subd. 3. Expenditures. (a) All expenditures of gross profits from lawful gambling must be itemized as to payee, purpose, amount, and date of payment, and must be in compliance with section 349.154. Authorization of the expenditures must be recorded in the monthly meeting minutes of the licensed organization. Checks for expenditures of gross profits must be signed by at least two persons authorized by board rules to sign the checks.

(b) Expenditures authorized by the board according to section 349.12, subdivision 25, paragraph (b), clause (3), must be 51 percent completed within two years of the date of board approval. "Fifty-one percent completed" means that the work completed must represent at least 51 percent of the value of the project as documented by the contractor or vendor. An organization that fails to comply with this paragraph shall reapply to the board for approval of the project.

Subd. 4. Discrepancies. If at a bingo occasion a discrepancy of more than $20 is found between the gross receipts as reported by the checkers and the gross receipts determined by adding the cash receipts, the discrepancy must be reported to the board within five days of the bingo occasion.

Subd. 5. Reports. A licensed organization must report to the board and to its membership monthly, or quarterly in the case of a class C licensee or licensed organization which does not report more than $1,000 in gross receipts from lawful gambling in any calendar quarter, on its gross receipts, expenses, profits, and expenditure of profits from lawful gambling. The report must include a reconciliation of the organization's profit carryover with its cash balance on hand. If the organization conducts both bingo and other forms of lawful gambling, the figures for both must be reported separately. In addition, a licensed organization must report to the board monthly on its purchases of gambling equipment and must include the type, quantity, and dollar amount from each supplier separately. The reports must be on a form the board prescribes. Submission of the report required by section 349.154 satisfies the requirement for reporting monthly to the board on expenditure of net profits.

Subd. 6. Preservation of records. Records required to be kept by this section must be preserved by a licensed organization for at least 3-1/2 years and may be inspected by the commissioner of revenue, the board, or the commissioner of public safety at any reasonable time without notice or a search warrant.

Subd. 7. Tax records. The board may by rule require each licensed organization to provide copies of forms it files with the United States Department of the Treasury which are required for organizations exempt from income tax.

Subd. 8. Termination plan. Upon termination of a license for any reason, a licensed organization must notify the board in writing within 30 calendar days of the license termination date of its plan for disposal of gambling equipment and distribution of remaining gambling proceeds. Before implementation, a plan must be approved by the board as provided in board rule. The board may accept or reject a plan and order submission of a new plan or amend a proposed plan. The board may specify a time for submission of new or amended plans or for completion of an accepted plan.

Subd. 9. Annual audit; filing requirement. An organization licensed under this chapter must have an annual financial audit or financial review when required by section 297E.06, subdivision 4.

Subd. 9a. Records. An organization licensed under this chapter must maintain records that account for the assets, liabilities, and fund balance of the organization. The records must also account for the revenues, taxes, prize payouts, expenses, and lawful purpose expenditures of the organization. The records must include a perpetual inventory of games purchased but not yet played and games in play.

Subd. 9b. Accounting manual. The board must prepare and distribute to each organization licensed under this chapter a manual designed to facilitate compliance with section 349.19, subdivision 9a. The manual must include a clear description of the processes needed to maintain the records required in section 349.19, subdivision 9a. The board may contract for preparation of the manual.

Subd. 10. Pull-tab records. (a) The board shall by rule require a licensed organization to require each winner of a pull-tab prize of $50 or more to present identification in the form of a drivers license, Minnesota identification card, or other identification the board deems sufficient to allow the identification and tracing of the winner. The rule must require the organization to retain winning pull-tabs of $50 or more, and the identification of the winner of the pull-tab, for 3-1/2 years.

(b) An organization must maintain separate cash banks for each deal of pull-tabs unless (1) two or more deals are commingled in a single receptacle, or (2) the organization uses a cash register, of a type approved by the board, which records all sales of pull-tabs by separate deals. The board shall (1) by rule adopt minimum technical standards for cash registers that may be used by organizations, and shall approve for use by organizations any cash register that meets the standards, and (2) before allowing an organization to use a cash register that commingles receipts from several different pull-tab games in play, adopt rules that define how cash registers may be used and that establish a procedure for organizations to reconcile all pull-tab games in play at the end of each month.

Subd. 11. Information made part of organization minutes. A licensed organization which receives a copy of a written audit under subdivision 9, or an audit or compliance report prepared by an agency of the state, must place the audit report or compliance report in the minutes of the next meeting of the organization following receipt of the report. Copies of such minutes must be made available to all members of the organization upon request.

HIST: 1976 c 261 s 9; 1984 c 502 art 12 s 13; 1986 c 467 s 19,20; 1987 c 327 s 19; 1988 c 596 s 5; 1989 c 334 art 2 s 29-33; 1Sp1989 c 1 art 13 s 11; 1990 c 590 art 1 s 32; 1991 c 336 art 2 s 28-32; 1993 c 13 art 1 s 4; 1994 c 633 art 5 s 77-81; 1996 c 467 s 7; 1996 c 471 art 13 s 18,19; 1997 c 7 art 1 s 128; 1997 c 231 art 7 s 34