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Minnesota's Response to Wayfair Supreme Court Decision

Minnesota's Response to Wayfair Supreme Court Decision

July 25, 2018Minnesota Revenue has updated their local sales tax collection requirements for Minnesota Sellers.  Due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on South Dakota v. Wayfair, physical presence is no longer needed for a state to require a company to collect their sales tax.  Minnesota is now changing their long-time policy that local taxes only need to be collected if the company has a physical presence or nexus in the jurisdictions.

Starting October 1, 2018, Minnesota will require the collection of all local taxes if a seller has a filing requirement with the State of Minnesota.

Link to the Minnesota Notice   https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNREV/bulletins/20b9085

Recently, the Supreme Court passed down a decision on South Dakota v. Wayfair.

It was ruled that states can require remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax with no physical presence.  For Minnesota purposes, a remote seller is a retailer not maintaining a place of business in this state.

Each state determines their own threshold and transaction amounts at which a collection requirement applies and Minnesota has now decided to come out with a decision in response to the Wayfair ruling.

Starting October 1st, 2018, Minnesota will require remote sellers to first register, and then collect sales tax unless they meet a small seller exception as defined below. The small seller exception is more aggressive than the Wayfair case and only requires either of following in a 12 month period:

  • 100 or more retail sales shipped to Minnesota
  • 10 or more retail sales shipped to Minnesota that total more than $100,000

You can click here to access an FAQ from the Minnesota Department of Revenue that may help to clarify some high-level questions you may have, including around topics like who is classified as a remote seller, information about Streamlined Sales Tax, and resources around registering to collect Minnesota sales tax.

If you have other questions about state and local taxation, you can reach out to Jared Weiskopf, Redpath’s State and Local Tax Service Area Leader today.

Start a conversation with Jared Weiskopf, a Director and State and Local Tax Service Area Leader at Redpath and Company.

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