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Last Updated: 1/16/2019

Basic Sales and Use Tax Course

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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 to use and when to accept an exemption certificate.

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

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

Basic Sales and Use Tax Course Guide

Basic Sales and Use Tax PowerPoint Presentation

Continuing Professional Education

After completing this class you may be able to receive up to 3.5 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits in the Taxes field of study.

The classes are presented using the Group-Live delivery method. This is a Basic level class. Prerequisites and advance preparation are not required for this class.

Note: We do not offer CPE credits for our webinars.

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, Andy Bergler, Antonette Johnson, Beth Rakow, Cara Hofreiter, Chad Hardy, Chris Milosevich, Dan Heitzman, Gretchen Scharmer, James Douglas, Jeff Gintz, John Ruhland, Kara Dombrock, Karin Harris, Luke Hatleli, Marsha Helfman, Mona Shenouda, Nicki Veith, Scott Hanson, Stacey Rohweder, Sue Walz, and Wendy Conlin.

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You must register in advance for these classes. All classes are free. You will get an email confirmation when your registration has been processed. We may cancel a class if there aren’t enough registered participants; if that happens, we will email 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. although we also offer afternoon classes in some out-state locations. To register for a class, click on the location you would like to attend. We post additional classes periodically. Please check this page occasionally for additional dates and/or locations if current availability does not meet your needs.

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.