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Last Updated: 7/16/2018

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  • Does the Department of Revenue use cookies on its website?Back to top

    To better serve MDOR users, “cookies” are used to enable the MDOR to evaluate and analyze usage of its web site. Cookies are small text files that a web site places on a user’s computer to collect information about activities to a site.
    Pursuant to MN Stat. § 13.15, subd.4, this information may be used for purposes of evaluating electronic government services, preventing unlawful intrusions to electronic systems, or as otherwise provided by law. 
    Data collected and stored through the use of cookies, will be used by MDOR to identify internet protocol (IP) address of the computer used to access the site; and identify the user’s browser software and operating system, date and time the MDOR site was accessed, and the internet address from which the site was accessed or linked. 
    Additionally, MDOR will use this data to measure the number of visitors to various sections of the MDOR web site and to assist in making the site more user friendly. 
    Any information gathered as a result of accessing the MDOR web site will not be associated with individual persons, distributed to any third parties, or used in a manner other than for statistical analysis in improving the MDOR web site.  Information collected is classified as private or nonpublic and therefore retained as specified in the record retention schedule established and maintained by MDOR.

    If a user chooses not to accept a cookie, it will not prevent or prohibit the user from gaining or using the MDOR web site.


  • Is it safe to use email to send private information like my social security number to the department?Back to top


    No. The department discourages the inclusion of  private information such as Social Security numbers in an email. Email transmissions are not secured to prevent unauthorized viewing.