Minnesota's new tax revenue hard to snag?

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 23, 2013 - 9:19 PM

Why? Because tax avoidance is de rigueur. People find a way. (Amazon shows the way.)

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unionbossmanJun. 22, 13 5:04 PM

I commend companies and individuals who legally minimize their tax expense as much as possible. For the throng of thumbs down I'm about to recive I ask you if you pay any amount greater than your legal obligation?

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elguevonJun. 22, 13 6:25 PM

Just shows how stupid lawmakers truly are...the Amazon debacle gained the state ZERO tax revenue and actually took away revenue due to the lost income Amazon affiliates would have paid in income tax. Morons.

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chuckdancerJun. 22, 13 6:28 PM

What's the difference between legal obligation and moral obligation? I pay what I owe in taxes without seeking out paths to avoid paying what I owe. I believe that those that actively seek out methods of conduct to avoid paying what they owe hurt our state and our communities and are not to be admired or encouraged.

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burgerjohnJun. 22, 13 6:34 PM

What happens if Lori's theory is right and the DFL doesn't collect as much tax as anticipated because enough people move their income and businesses to South Dakota, Florida and Texas? Even Wisconsin will have a significantly lower top rate. Consider this: It's a lot easier to transact business outside the borders of a high-tax state like Minnesota than it was in Floyd B. Olson's day.

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mdachsJun. 22, 13 6:35 PM

Anytime a state like Minnesota makes itself an outlyer (i.e., has some of the highest rates in a given tax category), one must expect taxpayers to find ways to minimize the tax burden. The DFL legislature, in its infinite wisdom, gave its residents a strong motivation to change their behavior. When taxpayers perceive the tax burden as reasonable, when compared to other states, they do not try to legally circumvent the taxes perceived as above average. So don't be surprised and alarmed by the snowbirds who spend enough time in Florida to avoid our above average income tax rates! DFL, you get exactly what you deserve! And, oh, by the way just how well did that pulltab tax revenue (designed to fund the Vikings stadium) work for you?

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pumiceJun. 22, 13 7:03 PM

Re: "For the throng of thumbs down I'm about to recive I ask you if you pay any amount greater than your legal obligation?" No, unionbossman, I don't. Neither do I avoid paying my legal obligation. Nor do I complain about paying my legal obligation--I consider paying state taxes fair dues for living in Minnesota and federal taxes fair dues for living in the USA. Paying taxes is not only patriotic, it's moral because, as Ms. Sturdevant concluded, bad things still happen to good people and most of the new taxes go to education which makes paying taxes a good investment in Minnesota's future.

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DufferHJun. 22, 13 7:22 PM

Two Things: It's more than ridiculous to compare today's tax burden with that of the '30s. The rates on all taxes have increased exponentially. Secondly, Ms. Sturdevant writes like a true messenger and devotee of DFL party. It's really hard to take her seriously.

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unionbossmanJun. 22, 13 7:24 PM

Chuk "What's the difference between legal obligation and moral obligation?"----- let's expand that conversation.do you take any deductions? Is so,why? Isn't it your "moral obligation" to pay more for the big government you want?

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clivebixbyJun. 22, 13 7:37 PM

I assume since Lori has such an issue with tax avoidance that her article for next week will focus on Governor Dayton's family trust residing in tax free South Dakota. Can't wait for part II of her story so stay tuned...

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schristeJun. 22, 13 8:39 PM

Dufferh, better check your stats. Tax rates were much higher in the 30s.

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