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RELEASE: Rep. Linda Runbeck: It's Time for Tax Relief

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

ST. PAUL, MN—Rep. Linda Runbeck announced this week details of the House Republican tax bill which makes significant tax cuts for Minnesota families using the $1.5 billion budget surplus.  Earlier, the Senate Republicans announced their "Get Your Billion Back" tax plan while House Democrats and Governor Walz have remained silent on whether they will put forward a tax cut bill this session.

“With Minnesota's budget reserve account sitting at $ 2.359 billion and it's cash flow account at $350 million, it's clear to me that this tax surplus ultimately belongs to Minnesota taxpayers and that it should be returned to them via tax relief,” said Rep. Linda Runbeck, R-Circle Pines. “There are a number of ways we could go about providing tax relief and I am especially excited about the possibility of eliminating the state law that forces income taxation of social security benefits.”

You can watch a replay of the press conference here.

The House Republican proposal is comprised of five bills including:

  • Eliminating state taxes on social security benefits. House Republicans successfully pushed to eliminate social security taxes for 250,000+ Minnesotans in 2017, this provision would finish that effort and eliminate social security taxes entirely
  • Childcare Tax Credit. Republicans are seeking to help families dealing with childcare expenses by increasing the income threshold for the dependent care credit from the current cap of $52,160 to $75,000 making thousands more families eligible for assistance paying childcare bills.
  • Doubling the student loan tax credit. House Republicans helped create the first-ever student loan tax credit of up to $500 for college graduates making payments on their loans. The House GOP proposal would double that credit to $1,000.
  • Tax Fairness for Farmers and Main Street Businesses. Last session’s failure to enact full Section 179 conformity is causing massive unexpected tax bills for farmers and businesses. House Republicans are proposing to fully conform and make it retroactive so farmers and businesses are not stuck with tax bills many simply cannot afford.
  • Property Tax Relief. By putting an additional $50 million into school equalization aid, this would effectively result in a property tax cut for Minnesota homeowners by reducing reliance on local property tax revenue.
  • Increasing the Personal Exemption. Every Minnesotan would benefit from an approximately $1300 increase to the personal exemption.

In total, Republicans are putting forward approximately $1 billion in tax relief.

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