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Minnesota's List of Shame


 Minnesota businesses that fail to pay taxes can't restock their bars.

Update, 9.16.13: Minnesota's Tax Delinquency List was updated on September 13, 2013. Because the businesses on the list are at least 10 days delinquent in paying their taxes, no wholesalers, manufacturers or brewers are permitted to sell or deliver any product to them. Once a name is removed from the list, normal business activities may resume.

If you don’t pay your taxes, you don’t get to sell liquor in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has updated a list of businesses “prohibited from purchasing liquor, beer or wine to resell.” This list is updated monthly to reflect “companies that have failed to pay taxes to the state.”

Taxpayers who are delinquent by as little as 10 days make the list. Once on the list, “no wholesaler, manufacturer or brewer may sell or deliver any product to them beginning the business day … after the date of this list.” Approximately 90 businesses are active on the list.

Let it not be said the the Minnesota DOR is unforgiving. Once delinquent taxes have been paid, businesses are removed in the last month. In the last month alone, approximately 90 businesses paid their taxes and were removed from the list. At such time, wholesalers, manufacturers and brewers are once again permitted to sell and deliver alcohol to the businesses.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.