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Helping the Amish

Published (3/6/2009)
By Sonja Hegman
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After a lively discussion in the House Taxes Committee March 4 about the tasks people can perform on computers, the committee heard HF526, sponsored by Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba (DFL-Long Prairie).

“I have a lot of Amish in my area, so when we do sales tax, they don’t have computers to do it electronically,” she said. “This would allow them to have a paper trail.”

The bill would allow people to pay sales tax remittances by mail instead of remitting them electronically, if their religious beliefs prohibit the use of electronic means.

According to the nonpartisan House Research Department, anyone with an annual sales tax liability of $10,000 or more is required to remit sales taxes electronically. If passed, a person intending to take advantage of this provision would have to notify the Department of Revenue of their intent to do so. The remittance would have to be postmarked two days before the due date for the electronic remittance to be considered filed in a timely fashion. The provision would be effective beginning with payments after June 30.

The bill was laid over for possible omnibus bill inclusion. There is no Senate companion.

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