Appeals and Legal Services
Appeals and Legal Services interprets the tax laws for the department, handles taxpayer appeals, ensures that the department follows the law, and helps draft and change tax laws. The appeals staff also works to resolve disputes with taxpayers and helps the Attorney General’s office with tax-related lawsuits.
Terese Mitchell, director 651-296-1022
The department’s enforcement arm, Collection collects unpaid taxes and some other government debts, finds delinquent taxpayers, and makes sure they pay their tax bills.
Ron Schwagel, director 651-556-6407
The department’s public voice, Communications maintains the department’s website, alerts the public to revenue news, and is the first point of contact for news media. The division also designs and writes the tax forms, instructions, and other publications. For media inquiries, call 651-556-6397. View press releases
Janelle Tummel, director 651- 556-6450
This division oversees and collects business income taxes, including the Corporation Franchise Tax and those paid by S corporations, partnerships, and estates and trusts.
Jeff Vogt, director 651- 556-6775
This division investigates potential tax crimes and determines which cases should be referred to a prosecutor for criminal charges. If you suspect someone of a tax crime, please call 651-297-5195 or 800-657-3500. View tax fraud information
Sara Westly, director 651-556-6944
This division manages the department’s buildings, including the Harold E. Stassen Building in St. Paul and other facilities across the state. Division jobs include maintenance, planning office space, and building security.
Kathy Yzermans, manager 651-556-6003
Financial Management controls the department’s finances. Duties include serving as the department’s accountants, paying expenses and employee payroll, and tracking how well the department is meeting its goals.
Peter Skwira, director 651-556-4059
Human Resources Management
Human Resources Management oversees hiring, benefits and employee records. Duties include tracking the department’s personnel needs and providing employee training. View current job openings
Kathy Zieminski, director 651-296-3414
Individual Income Tax and Withholding
This division educates taxpayers about their rights and responsibilities, provides tax information to individuals and employers, and responds to taxpayer questions. Other duties include auditing tax returns and identifying taxpayers who haven’t filed their returns as required by state law.
Cori Calhoun, director 651-296-3781
Information Systems oversees the department’s computer and telephone systems. The division plans, develops and manages the department’s computer networks, software and electronic databases.
Ted Trenzeluk and Don Friedlander, co-directors 651-556-6260
This division oversees the administration of the state property tax system by Minnesota counties, educates local officials and citizens about the system, and provides training for property assessors and other officials.
John Hagen, director 651- 556-6106
Sales and Use Tax
This division collects state sales and use taxes from businesses and consumers, and oversees local sales taxes for some Minnesota cities and counties.
Pam Evans, director 651-556-6814
This division collects taxes and fees imposed on specific industries and activities. Those include mining, cigarettes and tobacco, alcoholic beverages, gambling products, dry cleaning, hazardous and solid waste, gasoline and aviation fuel, insurance policy premiums, and health care providers (MinnesotaCare).
Gina Amacher, director 651-556-6781
Tax Operations processes documents for the major tax divisions, enters data from those documents into the department’s computer system, and checks the data for accuracy. The division also issues and manages Minnesota tax ID numbers for businesses. Go to Business Registration
Cynthia Rowley, director 651-556-4814
Tax Research compiles studies and reports on Minnesota’s revenue system for the department, the Legislature and the public. For a list of current reports, go to Research & Statistics
Paul Wilson, director 651-556-6138