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NINETEENTH MEETING

2007-2008 Regular Session - March 05, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA NINETEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

JOINT COMMITTEE MEETING
TAXES AND STATE GOVERNMENT FINANCE DIVISION

MINUTES


Representative Phyllis Kahn, Chair of the State Government Finance Division, called the meeting to order at 2:16 P.M. on March 5, 2007, in Room 10 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

KAHN, Phyllis, Co-Chair
LENCZEWSKI, Ann, Co-Chair
WARD, John, Vice-Chair of State Government Finance Division
WOLLSCHLAGER, Sandy, Vice-Chair of the Tax Committee
DELAFOREST, Chris, Lead Republican of State Government Finance Division
SIMPSON, Dean, Lead Republican of Tax Committee
ANDERSON, Sarah, State Government Finance
ATKINS, Joe, Tax Committee
BIGHAM, Karla, State Government Finance
BROD, Laura, Tax Committee
CARLSON, Lyndon, Tax Committee
DAVNIE, Jim, Tax Committee
DEMMER, Randy, Tax Committee
DILL, David, Tax Committee
ERHARDT, Ron, Tax Committee
HILSTROM, Debra, Tax Committee
HORTMAN, Melissa, State Government Finance
JAROS, Mike, Tax Committee
KOENEN, Lyle, Tax Committee
KOHLS, Paul, Tax Committee
LANNING, Morrie, Tax Committee
LESCH, John, State Government Finance and Tax Committee
LIEBLING, Tina, Tax Committee
MARQUART, Paul, Tax Committee
MULLERY, Joe, Tax Committee
PAULSEN, Erik, Tax Committee
PEPPIN, Joyce, State Government Finance
POPPE, Jeanne, State Government Finance
RUKAVINA, Tom, Tax Committee
SOLBERG, Loren, Tax Committee
THAO, Cy, Tax Committee
TILLBERRY, Tom, Tax Committee
WINKLER, Ryan, State Government Finance
ZELLERS, Kurt, State Government Finance and Tax Committee

Members excused:

HILTY, Bill, State Government Finance
SVIGGUM, Steve, State Government Finance

A quorum was not present.

Representative Liebling presented information on HF 862 - Taxpayer assistance toll-free telephone lines required.


Representative Nelson presented information on HF 517 - Tax information reporting requirements expanded, and money appropriated and HF 879 - Contractor payment withholdings required.

At 2:23 a quorum was present.

Representative Tschumper presented information on HF 1509 - Toll-free telephone access required for taxpayer assistance, income tax return processing provided, withholding returns electronic filing required, sales tax assistance study and additional auditors provided, and money appropriated

Representative Lenczewski presented information on HF 1614 - Tax compliance expanded efforts required, and money appropriated.

Representative Benson presented information on HF 843 - Electronic filing of individual income tax returns provided.

Representative Walker presented information on HF 1503 - Taxpayer assistance services funding provided, and money appropriated.

Representative Bunn presented information on HF XXXX - Tax compliance; merit pay for tax compliance auditors.

Commissioner Ward Einess, Department of Revenue, gave an overview on tax compliance.

Commissioner Einess, Deputy Commissioner Dan Salomone, Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax Carole Wald and Assistant Commissioner of Business Support Services, Dennis Erno, all from the Department of Revenue, explained the Department's position on all of the previous bills and answered questions from committee members.

Representative Loeffler presented information on HF 1707 - Taxpayer assistance grants notice to past recipients and timely procedure required.

Bonnie Esposito, Executive Director, Accountability Minnesota, testified in support of HF 1503 (Walker).

Pam Perry Weaver, Executive Vice President and Paul Swenson, Load Officer, both from the Builders Association of Minnesota, testified against HF 879 (Nelson).

The meeting was adjourned at 3:51 P.M.



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Representative Ann Lenczewski, Chair



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Jamie Becker-Finn, Committee Legislative Assistant
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01:56 - Gavel.
04:05 - HF862 (Liebling) Taxpayer assistance toll-free telephone lines required.
06:20 - HF517 (Nelson) Tax information reporting requirements expanded, and money appropriated.
08:40 - HF879 (Nelson) Contractor payment withholdings required.
11:24 - HF1509 (Tschumper) Toll-free telephone access required for taxpayer assistance, income tax return processing provided, withholding returns electronic filing required, sales tax assistance study and additional auditors provided, and money appropriated.
13:50 - HF1614 (Lenczewski) Tax compliance expanded efforts required, and money appropriated.
16:02 - HF843 (Benson) Electronic filing of individual income tax returns provided.
19:11 - HF1503 (Walker) Taxpayer assistance services funding provided, and money appropriated.
21:24 - HFXXX (Bunn) Tax Compliance; Merit pay for tax compliance auditors.
26:23 - Department of Revenue response to bills.
1:03:57 - HF1707 (Loeffler) Taxpayer assistance grants notice to past recipients and timely procedure required.
Runs 1 hour, 34 minutes.


HF862 (Liebling) Taxpayer assistance toll-free telephone lines required.
HF517 (Nelson) Tax information reporting requirements expanded.
HF1509 (Tschumper) Toll-free telephone access required for taxpayer assistance, income tax return processing provided, withholding returns electronic filing required, sales tax assistance study and additional auditors provided, and money appropriated
HF1614 (Lenczewski) Tax compliance expanded efforts required, and money appropriated
HF879 (Nelson) Contractor payment withholdings required.
HF1503 (Walker) Low income taxpayer assistance

Bills Added
HF843 (Benson) Electronic filing of individual income tax returns through the Department of Revenue Web site
HFXXX (Loeffler) Taxpayer assistance grant administration; notification and timing
HFXXX (Bunn) Tax Compliance; Merit pay for tax compliance auditors