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Last Updated: 8/17/2018

Tax Law Changes

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Since the end of the 2018 Legislative Session, the Minnesota Department of Revenue has been working to update the state tax filing systems for taxpayer use in 2019. This process happens annually, starting after the end of the legislative session. This year, we will update the tax filing systems to accommodate the differences between the federal and Minnesota tax laws.  There were significant revisions to the federal tax laws, but Minnesota’s tax laws have not significantly changed.

As we work to update our tax system to accommodate the differences between Minnesota’s tax code and federal tax law, we are gathering frequently asked questions and providing answers on our FAQ page.

Stay up to date on the latest information about the 2019 filing season for tax year 2018 by subscribing to our Tax Law Changes email list. We will send notices to that email list as we update our 2019 Filing Season for Tax Year 2018 FAQs

 

How long does it take the department to update the tax filing systems each year?  

The department’s timeline for making changes to our income tax filing systems spans approximately nine months each year. This process starts in May each year at the end of the legislative session and continues through the opening of filing season in January.

 

Filing Season Timeline PDF

 

When is the Minnesota filing deadline for tax year 2018?

Minnesota law has not changed. The filing deadline is April 15 or, in the event April 15 falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, the first succeeding day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or holiday. The filing deadline for tax year 2018 will be Monday, April 15, 2019.

 

Will there be opportunities for me to learn more about changes expected in the 2019 filing season?

For email updates on the latest information and opportunities to engage, subscribe to our Tax Law Changes email list.

 

Has the department been working with tax professionals and other stakeholders about the best way to accommodate the differences between the new federal tax law and the Minnesota tax code?

Yes, throughout the summer, we have held conference calls and met with multiple stakeholders to hear feedback about filing related issues when accommodating the differences between the federal and state tax codes including:

  • Software providers
  • Tax preparers and tax professionals
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)  and AARP Tax-Aide providers
  • Legal Aid

Access the information we covered in our meetings and conference calls on the 2018 Conference Calls page.

Questions and comments made by participants were an important and valued part of these conference calls. Participant questions and feedback are incorporated into our 2019 Filing Season for Tax Year 2018 FAQs.

 

How can I stay informed about the answers to questions that have been raised?

Stay up to date on the latest information about the 2019 filing season for tax year 2018 by subscribing to our Tax Law Changes email list. We will send notices to that email list as we update our 2019 Filing Season for Tax Year 2018 FAQs.

If you have a question we have not yet answered, please email us at TaxYear2018@state.mn.us.

 

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