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Last Updated: 9/24/2015

Minnesota Sales and Use Tax Basics Course

This course is an introduction to sales and use taxes in Minnesota. It is designed for business owners, bookkeepers, purchasing agents and accountants who need a working knowledge of the law and how to meet their obligations.

Course Objectives

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Apply the basic sales and use tax concepts for Minnesota and its local taxing jurisdictions to your business.

  • Recognize the exceptions to the "rule" and the exemptions available.

  • Distinguish how sales and use tax law applies to different types of businesses and their business activities.

  • Identify how and when to use and accept an exemption certificate properly.

  • Identify the documentation necessary for sales and use tax records and returns.

  • List several resources that answer your sales and use tax questions.

View the Basic Sales and Use Tax  Manual.

Continuing Professional Education

After completing this class you may be able to receive Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue is registered with the National Association State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. View details about our CPE courses and NASBA.


Amber Hubbard (Mankato), Dan Heitzman (Duluth and Grand Rapids), David Herzberg (Willmar), Deanna Statz (St. Cloud and St. Paul), Gretchen Scharmer (Marshall), James Douglas (St. Paul), Jeff Gintz (St. Paul), John Ruhland (St. Paul), Kara Dombrock (Owatonna and Rochester), Kristi Doyle (Detroit Lakes), Luke Hatleli (Owatonna and Rochester), Marsha Helfman (Duluth and Grand Rapids), Michelle Gilster (Willmar), Mona Shenouda (St. Paul), Nicki Veith (Mankato and Marshall), Nicole Miller (Detroit Lakes), Olga Tsygankova (St. Cloud and St. Paul), Sue Walz (St. Cloud), Tiffany Alden (St. Cloud), and Wendy Conlin (Duluth and Grand Rapids)

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You must register in advance for these classes. All classes are free. You will get an email confirmation. We may cancel a class if there aren’t enough registered participants; if that happens, we’ll notify you five days before the class.

We offer classes at the locations listed below. Most classes are offered from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. To register for a class, click on the location you would like to attend.

All sites are handicap accessible. Reasonable accommodations are available for anyone with impaired vision or hearing. Please let us know of any necessary accommodations during your registration.