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Minnesota: Webinars Are Exempt from Sales Tax


 Future teachers.

Webinars meeting certain requirements are exempt from Minnesota sales tax, effective July 1, 2014.

According to a Minnesota Department of Revenue fact sheet updated this month, “Charges for live or prerecorded audio and audiovisual presentations are exempt when they are accessed electronically” and meet the following requirements:

  • Admission to the in-person presentation is not subject to tax;
  • Online participants and the presenter can interact with each other during the presentation; and
  • Any limits on the amount of interaction (and when it occurs) are the same for online and in-person participants.

The fact sheet makes clear that tuition for online classes at post-secondary schools is not taxable.

The taxation of many digital products in Minnesota was addressed by the Department of Revenue earlier this year. States must be on their toes with respect to sales tax and the relatively new area of digital goods and services, which is often in flux.

How does your business stay on top of state sales tax changes?

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Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
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.