Topic: Taxes

Proposed 2016 Property Tax Levy Certification Date Approaching

(Published Sep 14, 2015)

Cities have until Sept. 30 to certify their proposed levies, but special districts must certify theirs by Sept. 15.

Cell Phone Service Vendor to Correct Erroneous Sales Tax Charges

(Published Aug 17, 2015)

The Department of Revenue has confirmed cities are exempt from sales tax on purchases of cell phone service.

Hope Dims for Tax and LGA Provisions

(Published Jun 5, 2015)

The special session agenda will not likely include provisions from the House and Senate omnibus tax bills.

Veto Halts Sales Tax Exemption Delay—For Now

(Published Jun 1, 2015)

A special session will decide if the 2014 joint powers exemption will be delayed beyond January 2016.

Session 2015 Ends Without Omnibus Tax Bill

(Published May 19, 2015)

An agreement on taxes could not be reached, in part, due to controversy with the House and Senate omnibus transportation proposals.

House Approves Omnibus Tax Bill

(Published May 4, 2015)

With less than two weeks remaining in the regular 2015 legislative session, a conference committee has yet to be appointed to negotiate the two bills.

Senate Taxes Committee Finalizes Omnibus Tax Bill

(Published May 4, 2015)

Bill includes additional LGA, acceleration of LGA payments, and workforce housing provisions.

House Property Tax Division Finalizes Report

(Published Apr 20, 2015)

The division report will be incorporated into the full House omnibus tax bill.

Sales Tax Exemption for City Road Maintenance Vehicles Heard in the Senate

(Published Apr 13, 2015)

The League policy initiative has been heard in both the House and the Senate.

Senate Tax Committee Debates League-Sponsored TIF Bill

(Published Mar 30, 2015)

The Tax Increment Financing (TIF) legislation would provide more flexibility for taxing authorities while maintaining transparency.

Local Sales Tax Bills Heard in the House

(Published Mar 23, 2015)

Four bills would extend existing or authorize new city sales taxes.

Bill Would Allow Retroactive Challenges to Levy Increases

(Published Mar 16, 2015)

The bill would substantially change the long-standing process followed by cities to propose and adopt their annual property tax levy and budget.

Tax Hearing and Notification Acceleration Bill Introduced

(Published Mar 9, 2015)

The bill would move the distribution of proposed property tax notices to October, and require proposed property tax levy information one month earlier.

Final Local Government Property Tax Levies $40 Million Below Proposed Rates

(Published Mar 2, 2015)

Cities’ final levies are $11 million lower than the proposed levies set last September.

House Taxes Committee Considers Sales Tax Clarification Bill

(Published Feb 23, 2015)

The League-initiated bill seeks to simplify the process of securing the sales tax exemption for purchases of construction-related materials.

Levy Certification Date Change Bill Introduced in Senate

(Published Feb 9, 2015)

The bill would change the levy certification date for special taxing districts from Sept. 15 to Sept. 30.

House Approves Early Tax Bill

(Published Jan 20, 2015)

The bill includes federal tax conformity provisions and a clarification for the 2013 Rochester Destination Medical Center economic development bill.

Get Familiar with New Homestead Credit Refund

(Published Sep 22, 2014)

The state recently sent notices to some taxpayers about the homestead credit refund, so city officials should be prepared to answer residents’ questions.

League Releases Revised Property Tax Materials

(Published Jul 28, 2014)

Get guidance on property tax changes from LMC resources.

State Clarifies Sales Tax Exemption for Ball Fields and Recreation Spaces

(Published Jul 28, 2014)

Cities may be eligible for a refund of sales or use tax paid since Jan. 1, 2014.