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Minnesota DOR Summarizes Sales Tax Law Changes


 Renting a car in Minnesota? Be prepared for a 3% raise in the sales tax.

The Department of Revenue has released a tidy summary of 2013 sales and use tax law changes. It makes for good reading, if you're into that sort of thing. Topics range from which businesses qualify for a sales tax exemption under Section 28 to the taxability of ring tones. Really.

The following sales tax changes are particularly noteworthy:

  • The tax on car rentals increases 3% to 9.2%, effective for sales and purchases made after June 30, 2013.
  • The sales tax exemption for textbooks is expanded to digital books, as defined in section 11. Effective for sales and purchases made after June 30, 2013.
  • Remote sellers "must collect and remit state sales tax in accordance with any federal remote seller law."

Minnesota is not only positioning itself to take advantage of the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 if it passes. The state has also passed its own Amazon Tax Law.

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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.