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The Ultimate Guide To Minnesota Sales Tax

Welcome to our handy guide on Minnesota sales tax. We'll walk you through everything you need to know, from the specific sales tax rates in different counties and cities across Minnesota to answering some of the most common questions. Plus, we'll guide you on how to efficiently collect and file your sales tax in Minnesota.

Sales Tax Rate

6.875%

Local Rate?

Yes

Website

Minnesota Department of Revenue

Sales Threshold

$100,000

Tax Line

(651) 296-6181

Transactions Threshold

200

What is Nexus?

You'll need to collect sales tax in Minnesota if you have nexus there. There are two main ways that sellers can be tied to a state when it comes to nexus: physical, or economic.

Physical nexus means having enough tangible presence, or activity in a state to merit paying sales tax in that state.

Economic nexus means passing a states' economic threshold, for total revenue, or the number of transactions in that state.

Calculating Nexus in Minnesota

Physical Nexus

You've got physical nexus in Minnesota if your business has a real presence in the state. This could be:
  • Owning or renting property like an office, warehouse, or store
  • Having employees or sales reps in Minnesota
  • Storing inventory in the state
  • Joining trade shows or events
If any of these apply to your business, you've got physical nexus and need to start dealing with Minnesota sales tax.

Economic Nexus

Economic nexus is all about your sales figures. In Minnesota, you're in this zone if, in the last 12 months, your business:
  • Made at least $100,000 from sales in the state, or
  • Had 200 or more separate transactions there

Affiliate Nexus

Affiliate nexus happens when your business is connected to another company in Minnesota that helps push your products or services. This includes:
  • Parent, subsidiary, or sibling companies in Minnesota
  • Local agents or reps who send customers your way
Got these kinds of links in Minnesota? You're in the affiliate nexus group and need to manage sales tax.

Click-Through Nexus

Click-through nexus is about online referrals. You're in this category if:
  • You've got agreements with Minnesota affiliates who use links or codes to send customers to your site, and
  • You earn over $10,000 from these referrals in the past year
If this sounds like your setup, gear up for handling Minnesota sales tax.

Marketplace Nexus

Marketplace nexus is for those selling through online platforms like Amazon, eBay, or Etsy that are present in Minnesota. Often, these platforms take care of the sales tax for you. Still, it's vital to double-check and ensure everything's in line with Minnesota's tax laws.
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Sales Tax Registration in Minnesota

How to Get Your Minnesota Sales Tax Permit

Ready to get your sales tax license in Minnesota? Just follow these steps:
  1. Gather Your Info: Before diving into registration, gather all the essentials:
    - Your business name, address, and contact details
    - Your Social Security Number (SSN) or Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)
    - A rundown of what your business does
    - The start date of your sales in Minnesota
    - Your expected monthly sales in the state
  2. Set Up an e-Services Account: You'll need an account with the Minnesota Department of Revenue's e-Services. Head over to their registration page and follow the steps to get set up.
  3. Apply for Your License: Once you're in your e-Services account, go to "Business Registration" and fill out the online application. Double-check everything to make sure it's spot on, then submit it.
  4. Wait for Approval: After you submit your application, the Minnesota Department of Revenue will take a look and, if all's well, issue your sales tax license. This usually takes about two weeks but can vary. Once you've got your license, you're all set to start collecting sales tax in Minnesota.

Cost of Registering for a Minnesota Sales Tax License

Good news for you, business trailblazers! Registering for a Minnesota sales tax license is completely free. This means you can focus your budget on growing your business and mastering sales tax.

Federal Tax ID for Minnesota Sales Tax License

Yep, you'll need a Federal Tax ID Number (EIN) for your Minnesota sales tax license. This unique number comes from the IRS and identifies your business. Don't have one yet? No problem. You can apply for an EIN online at the IRS website. It's quick, straightforward, and free.

Other Minnesota Registrations to Consider

Depending on what your business is all about, you might need to register with other Minnesota agencies:
  • Minnesota Secretary of State: If you're running a corporation, LLC, or partnership, you'll need to register with the Secretary of State. Check out their website for the forms and info you need.
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED): Got employees in Minnesota? Then you'll need to register with DEED for things like unemployment insurance and workers' comp. Their website has all the details.
  • Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry: Depending on your industry, you might need to connect with the Department of Labor and Industry for licensing or safety regulations. Their website can help you figure out if this applies to you.

Guide to collecting sales tax in Minnesota

Is Minnesota an Origin or Destination Sales Tax State?

As you venture into Minnesota's sales tax territory, it's important to know that Minnesota follows a destination-based sales tax system. This means you'll need to charge sales tax based on where your customer receives the product or service.

What Sales are Subject to Sales Tax in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, sales tax typically applies to tangible goods and some services. Here's a snapshot:
  • Physical items like furniture, electronics, and clothing
  • Services for installing, repairing, or maintaining tangible personal property
  • Renting out tangible personal property
  • Digital goodies, including e-books, streaming services, and downloads
For a full rundown of taxable items and services, check out the Minnesota Department of Revenue's website.

Is Software as a Service (SaaS) Taxed in Minnesota?

Yep, in Minnesota, Software as a Service (SaaS) gets taxed. The state sees SaaS as a service providing access to software and support over the internet.

What is Exempt from Minnesotane Sales Tax?

Minnesota offers sales tax exemptions on a variety of items and services, including:
  • Groceries, prescription meds, and most clothing
  • Materials and equipment for agriculture and industrial production
  • Educational stuff and services
  • Certain medical and dental services and equipment
Hop over to the Minnesota Department of Revenue's website for more detailed info on exemptions.

Who is Eligible for Minnesota Sales Tax Exemptions?

In Minnesota, certain groups can snag sales tax exemptions, such as:
  • Nonprofit organizations like schools, churches, and charities
  • Government agencies
  • Farmers and agricultural producers
  • Manufacturing and industrial businesses
To get that sales tax break, eligible folks need to hand over a valid exemption certificate.

What To Do If Your Customer is Exempt from Sales Tax in Minnesota?

Got a customer who's off the hook for sales tax in Minnesota? Make sure to:
  • Collect a complete and signed exemption certificate from them.
  • Keep this certificate filed away safely for proof during audits.
Remember, keeping accurate and current records of all exemption certificates is your job as the seller.

What if You Lose a Minnesota Sales Tax Exemption Certificate?

Misplaced an exemption certificate? No stress, just:
  • Quickly ask your customer for a new copy.
  • Keeping good records of these certificates is crucial, and you might face penalties if you don't during an audit.
  • Tip: Storing digital copies is a smart move to ensure they're always handy and safe.
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Steps for Filing a Minnesota Sales Tax Return

Your schedule for filing and paying sales tax in Minnesota depends on how much tax you usually collect. The state sets three filing frequencies: monthly, quarterly, and annually. Here's what they look like:
  • Monthly: You'll file monthly if your average monthly tax liability is $500 or more.
  • Quarterly: If it's between $100 and $499.99, you're on a quarterly schedule.
  • Annually: And if it's less than $100, you'll file annually.
The Department of Revenue will let you know your filing frequency when you register. Remember, filing or paying late could lead to penalties.

What If a Filing Date Falls on a Weekend or Holiday?

If your filing date in Minnesota lands on a weekend or holiday, relax! You get an extra day. The deadline moves to the next business day, so you can enjoy your time off without worry.

How to File a Minnesota Sales Tax Return

Filing your sales tax return online with Minnesota's e-Services is a snap. Here's how you do it:
  1. Log In: Visit the Minnesota Department of Revenue e-Services website and log into your account.
  2. Find the Right Tax Period: On your dashboard, pick the tax period you're filing for. Double-check to make sure it's the right one.
  3. Enter Your Sales Info: You'll need to put in details about your taxable and exempt sales, and the total sales tax collected. This includes any local taxes from sales within Minnesota. The system will calculate what you owe as you go.
  4. Review and Submit: Before you hit submit, give everything a once-over to ensure it's correct.
  5. Pay Up: After submitting your return, you'll need to pay any sales tax due. You can use direct bank transfers, credit/debit card, or electronic checks.
Follow these steps and you'll be all set with your Minnesota sales tax filing.

Penalties for Late Filing in Minnesota

Running late with your filing or payment in Minnesota? Here's what could happen:
  • Late Filing: There's a 5% penalty on the unpaid tax for filing your return late.
  • Late Payment: Also a 5% penalty on the unpaid tax if you pay late.
  • Underpayment: If you underpay, you'll face a 5% penalty on the underpaid amount.
Plus, interest accrues on any unpaid tax from the due date until you pay it off.

Sales Tax Incentives in Minnesota

Minnesota does offer some sales tax incentives to help businesses grow and develop. They include:
  • Enterprise Zone Program: Sales tax exemptions for businesses investing in certain areas.
  • Greater Minnesota Job Expansion Program: Sales tax refunds for job creation and investment projects.
  • Minnesota Investment Fund: Loans and grants for job-creating, economic development projects.
For more details on these incentives, check out the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development website.

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