Minnesota's Tax System

Minnesota Tax System Now Fairer, But There's More To Do, September 2015
Minnesota is moving toward a tax system that is fairer and raises adequate revenues, thanks to reforms passed in 2013 and 2014. Information from the state’s 2015 Tax Incidence Study creates a “before and after” picture of the difference those reforms made. The recent progress, however, shouldn’t mean a change in direction. When measured as a percentage of their incomes, the amount of state and local taxes that high-income Minnesotans pay is still less than what other Minnesotans pay.

The Facts Still Speak: Time to Reform Minnesota's Tax System, March 2013
Tax fairness has declined in Minnesota since 1990, according to the 2013 Tax Incidence Study. High-income Minnesotans continue to pay a smaller percentage of their incomes in total state and local taxes than low- and middle-income Minnesotans. Minnesota policymakers should reform the state's tax system to make it more fair and raise enough revenues to meet Minnesota's needs.

The Facts Speak: It's Time to Reform Minnesota's Tax System, January 2013
Minnesota's outdated tax system is not meeting the state's needs. The difference between the share of income that the highest-income Minnesotans pay in taxes and the share that the average Minnesotan pays has grown, and Minnesota is not raising adequate revenues to avoid the cycle of budget deficits and gimmicks.

 

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