The Department of Revenue at times proposes policy changes and additions to help them better implement existing tax code.
This year’s department policy proposals are contained in HF1227, sponsored by Rep. Greg Davids (R-Preston). Generally noncontroversial and with no financial impact, the bill was passed by the House Wednesday 133-0, as amended.
It now moves to the Senate where Sen. Roger Chamberlain (R-Lino Lakes) is its sponsor.
The bill expands provisions related to individuals who prepare income tax returns to apply paid preparers of all types of tax returns and imposes new penalties when the commissioner imposes a cease and desist order for improper behavior. It also adds certain prohibitions to the tax preparers standards of conduct.
The bill also adds a training requirement for individuals at a county or city who administers property tax. The intent is “to promote uniform and equitable implementation of the property tax laws.”
Rep. Keith Franke (R-South St. Paul) was successful in amending the bill to include a provision that would allow for tax increment financing to be used to encourage economic development in South St. Paul.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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