Hey, snowbirds, you have a form to fill out

  • Article by: CAROLYN MANN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 15, 2010 - 7:09 PM

Minnesota wants all its people accounted for in 2010 Census.

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doctor2687Feb. 15, 10 7:15 PM

Many of these snowbirds live in the southern states 51% of the time (or claim they do), so they can pay the much lower or non-existent state tax rates. They need to make sure they are filling out their forms in the Southern states..

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MELANIE4774Feb. 15, 10 7:38 PM

The snowbirds probably won't be read your article sorry.....

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gricesmaximFeb. 15, 10 7:42 PM

Doctor2687 - That 51% must also mean they do their voting in their snowbird state. ?? And for those who stay the winter... If we lose a seat how will redistricting work? When will it happen and who controls? ******** Would the DFL folks get to target Michele Bachmann? ******** Would the GOP folks get to target Keith Ellison?

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awshucksFeb. 15, 10 7:49 PM

Melanie, I just came back from visiting my uncle and several other Minnesota snowbirds in the Scottsdale area - they never miss checking in on the Strib, Pioneer Press, Duluth, etc. websites daily. Matter of fact, there they are now, reading this! Hi uncle Larry! Hi Francine & Bob! How was golf today?!

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desertbirdFeb. 15, 10 7:53 PM

I am a desert bird....I come to Minnesota in the summer. It is a nice place to visit but the people that live there pay so much in taxes because of all of the kind programs that the state government has for various desperate ethnic groups...not much for normal old people though who survive on Social Security and savings. Glad to visit though

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granma4peaceFeb. 15, 10 7:54 PM

if they are employed and if they are retirees, they "need" to pay taxes on their retirement income in the state in which they declare their principle residence to be. The residency thing comes into play where the homestead credit in MN is concerned. In order to qualify for homestead you have to own and occupy the property in MN and it must be your principle residence. There's property taxes and there's income taxes, two different subjects.

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sebekaFeb. 15, 10 7:55 PM

MELANIE4774 We snowbirds can read and understand the imporance of this issue. Have printed it and will remind all of the snowbirds in this area as to how to participate after we return. What as the point of your remarks ?? Political ????????

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desertbirdFeb. 15, 10 7:59 PM

If you are a snowbird...you have a state of residence....you register to vote...you pay taxes for the state of residence...all you do is go on vacation for a while...it isn't hard.

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granma4peaceFeb. 15, 10 8:01 PM

worry about coming back to MN by a certain time. They aren't residents of MN and they shouldn't be counted.

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fwallenFeb. 15, 10 8:03 PM

If you made serious money and deferred the taxes on it through a 401K or other device, the state you earned it in may come after you to pay the taxes you dererred. No matter where you retire to.

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