Subdivision 1. Application. The definitions in this section apply to this chapter.
Subd. 2. Commissioner. "Commissioner" means the commissioner of revenue.
Subd. 3. Debt. "Debt" means an amount owed to the state directly, or through a state agency, on account of a fee, duty, lease, direct loan, loan insured or guaranteed by the state, rent, service, sale of real or personal property, overpayment, fine, assessment, penalty, restitution, damages, interest, tax, bail bond, forfeiture, reimbursement, liability owed, an assignment to the state including assignments under sections 256.72 to 256.87, the Social Security Act, or other state or federal law, recovery of costs incurred by the state, or any other source of indebtedness to the state. Debt also includes amounts owed to individuals as a result of civil, criminal, or administrative action brought by the state or a state agency pursuant to its statutory authority or for which the state or state agency acts in a fiduciary capacity in providing collection services in accordance with the regulations adopted under the Social Security Act at Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, section 302.33. Debt also includes an amount owed to the courts or University of Minnesota for which the commissioner provides collection services pursuant to contract.
Subd. 4. Debtor. "Debtor" means an individual, corporation, partnership, an unincorporated association, a limited liability company, a trust, an estate, or any other public or private entity, including a state, local, or federal government, or an Indian tribe, that is liable for a debt or against whom there is a claim for a debt.
Subd. 5. Debt qualification plan. "Debt qualification plan" means an agreement entered into between a referring agency and the commissioner that defines the terms and conditions by which the commissioner will provide collection services to the referring agency.
Subd. 6. Referring agency. "Referring agency" means a state agency or a court that has entered into a debt qualification plan with the commissioner to refer debts to the commissioner for collection.
Subd. 7. State agency. "State agency" means a state office, officer, board, commission, bureau, division, department, authority, agency, public corporation, or other unit of state government.
Subd. 8. Enterprise. "Enterprise" means the Minnesota collection enterprise, a separate unit established by the commissioner to carry out the provisions of this chapter.