Taxes in Minnesota: Where do they come from?

In Minnesota, 69 cents of every dollar state and local governments collect next year will come from sources other than the individual income tax, according to estimates in the Department of Revenue’s latest Tax Incidence Study. State and local property taxes account for the biggest share of the burden, about 35 cents on the dollar. Another big-ticket item is the sales (or consumption) tax — about 30 cents.

Explore our interactive breakdown of all of the tax sources in Minnesota, below, and read more in “Every day is tax day somewhere in Minnesota.”

Projected 2013 State and Local Tax Collections by Type of Tax and Taxpayer Category. Projected 2013 data from the 2011 Minnesota Tax Incidence Study. PTR = Property Tax Refund. 1 Includes taconite/iron ore occupation tax. 2 Includes Health Impact Fee. 3 Includes resorts and railroads. 4 Farm includes timber.

All icons courtesy The Noun Project (collection: Minnesota symbol by The Noun Project) and the Open Knowledge Foundation's Bubbletree library.

Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 04/17/2012 - 11:23 am.

    Correction Sharon…

    99% of us call this Tax Day.

  2. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 04/17/2012 - 02:37 pm.

    Property taxes

    Are terribly regressive, especially for seniors. Plus it makes far more sense to keep people in their homes, again especially seniors. This tax needs to be retired or substantially altered.

    • Submitted by Steve Hoffman on 04/17/2012 - 04:54 pm.

      Property Taxes

      I’d agree with eliminating property taxes for seniors on THEIR PRIMARY RESIDENCES. I was in California when a similarly well-meant issue was raised (Prop 13) which also pulled the rug out from taxes on rental properties — my rent didn’t go down a penny but my landlord suddenly had a lot more money (not that it was ever invested in fixing up anything)

  3. Submitted by James Hamilton on 04/18/2012 - 08:58 pm.

    For those who would retire the property tax

    With what would you replace it? If an income tax, then imposed on whom – residents, those employed within the city/county, all of the above?

    There is no reason to exempt seniors from taxation, generally. Do we link property taxes to income? A mix of some sort?

    It’s easy to criticize the property tax, much harder to find an equitable and efficient way to replace it.

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