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Minnesota Taxes

Sound state tax policy decisions can contribute to a more equitable state economy and ensure that there are enough resources to sustainably fund schools, health care, vibrant communities, and other building blocks of a durable prosperity that includes all Minnesotans, regardless of who they are or where they live.

Minnesota Taxes and Tax Plans Research

January 2017

Prioritize working families by strengthening the Working Family Credit

Despite an overall economic recovery, many hard-working families across Minnesota still struggle to make ends meet. We also know that the state's future economic success depends on more Minnesotans participating in the workforce. A stronger Working Family Credit would support the work efforts of hundreds of thousands of working Minnesotans, get Minnesota children off to a stronger start, and make Minnesota taxes fairer.

November 2016

Final FY 2016-17 supplemental budget makes modest changes to expand opportunity, promote equity

The final budget decisions made in the 2016 Legislative Session combine small but positive steps toward broadly shared prosperity with some missed opportunities. This brief digs into the details on what was and was not included in education, health and human services, and addressing racial disparities. It also examines the 2016 tax bill, which included several important steps to support working families, but which failed to become law due to a drafting error.

April 2016

Dayton's FY 2016-17 supplemental budget proposal works to expand opportunity and close racial gaps

With a $900 million surplus, Governor Mark Dayton makes strategic investments that are focused on expanding opportunity for more Minnesotans, regardless of their race or where they live. We dig into the policy priorities outlined in his budget, which proposes $581 million in net general fund spending, $117 million in net tax cuts, and leaves $202 million unspent.

The tax portion of Dayton’s supplemental budget prioritizes sustainable tax choices that move Minnesota toward a tax system that is more equitable across income levels. It is especially focused on supporting working families, particularly those with children.

March 2016

Proposed 'small business' tax cuts miss the mark

The 2016 Legislative Session offers an opportunity for making investments in our communities that build the quality workforce and high standard of living that have been critical to Minnesota's economic success. Large tax cuts that some have proposed would prevent this investment. This fact sheet takes a closer look at some tax cuts proposed to support small businesses and find they don't measure up to the hype.

Minnesota Taxes Blog Posts

January 09, 2017

Racial wealth gap is wide and growing larger: 228 year gap for black families, 84 year gap for Latino families

If black family wealth continues to grow at the same pace as the past three decades, it will take more than 200 years...

January 05, 2017

Everyday Minnesotans are the focus of Dayton 2017 tax plan

Expanding economic opportunity in Minnesota should be a top priority of the 2017 Legislative Session, and two effective...

November 23, 2016

Tax credits for working Minnesotans an important area of common ground

The long election season that just concluded shone a spotlight on the economic insecurity facing many across our state a...

October 05, 2016

What matters more for competitiveness: Rankings or results?

It’s a good time to visit public finance expert Peter Fisher’s comprehensive work over at Grading the States , which...

Tax Credits for Workers and Families Research

April 2019

Prioritize Minnesota workers and their families by expanding the Working Family Credit

Everyday, many hard-working families across Minnesota struggle to make ends meet. We also know that the state's future economic success depends on more Minnesotans participating in the workforce. A stronger Working Family Credit would support the work efforts of hundreds of thousands of working Minnesotans, get Minnesota children off to a stronger start, and make Minnesota taxes more equitable.

March 2018

Who receives the Working Family Credit?

In 2015, more than 330,000 households received the Working Family Credit, which is more than 12 percent of all Minnesota households that file state income taxes in Minnesota. This state tax credit encourages and supports work, makes the tax system fairer, and helps working people all across the state meet their basic needs and support their families. About half of all workers and families that receive the credit live in Greater Minnesota, and half in the Twin Cities metro area. This issue brief includes information about the Working Family Credit for each Minnesota county.

March 2018

Who receives the Renters' Credit?

The Renters' Credit provides a property tax refund to low- and moderate-income renters whose property taxes are high in relation to their income. About 328,000 Minnesota households received the Renters’ Credit in 2015. Households including seniors and persons with disabilities make up 28 percent of all Renters’ Credit recipients, and in 12 Greater Minnesota counties, at least one-half of participating households included seniors and/or persons with disabilities. This issue brief includes information about the Renters' Credit for each Minnesota county.

January 2017

Prioritize working families by strengthening the Working Family Credit

Despite an overall economic recovery, many hard-working families across Minnesota still struggle to make ends meet. We also know that the state's future economic success depends on more Minnesotans participating in the workforce. A stronger Working Family Credit would support the work efforts of hundreds of thousands of working Minnesotans, get Minnesota children off to a stronger start, and make Minnesota taxes fairer.

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