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S.F. No. 258 - Requiring Study for Free Electronic Filing of Individual Income Tax Returns
 
Author: Senator Ann Rest
 
Prepared By: Nora Pollock, Senate Counsel (651/297-8066)
 
Date: February 22, 2017



 

This bill requires the Department of Revenue to provide a written report to the Senate and House Tax Committees on options for a free electronic filing system for individual income tax returns, effective the day following final enactment. The report must be submitted by March 16, 2018, and must include responses from a Department request for information from consumer-based tax filing software vendors. 

The request for information may include information sought from vendors on several aspects of a free e-filing solution:

  • Costs to the state of Minnesota to provide an e-filing process for the preparation, submission, and payment remittance of individual income tax returns, on a per return basis;
  • Capability to provide customer service and issue resolution to taxpayers using the software;
  • Capability to provide and maintain an appropriate link between the Department of Revenue and the IRS Modernized Electronic Filing Program;
  • Capability to ensure that taxpayer return information is secure and protected;
  • Products for the free filing and submitting of both Minnesota and federal returns offered to customers and the various thresholds for using those products; and
  • Any add-on products offered to customers and their costs.

The bill appropriates $175,000 to the commissioner of revenue to fund the study.

 
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