It might be easy sometimes for Minnesota taxpayers to momentarily forget that there are parallel tax systems operative in the United States that they do, indeed, need to pay close attention to.

Obviously, the federal Internal Revenue Service looms large and comes immediately to mind when the subject of taxes comes up. Uncle Sam’s tax agency is vast, not well known for compromise, and possessed of plenary powers when it comes to making demands and enforcing tax-related penalties.

Working both separately and in tandem with the IRS, though, are tax authorities in every state. In Minnesota, tax powers of investigation, collection and enforcement are vested in the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

A central reality regarding that agency is that it might forgo acting in a taxpayer case that has piqued IRS interest. Alternatively, state tax officials might choose to proceed with a matter following notification that the federal government has some interest in a taxpayer (for example, regarding tax evasion), or commence an investigation or proceeding independent of federal government action.

Taxpayers need to be duly aware of that; after all, they are subject to dual tax systems, with state authorities closely examining their returns to ascertain compliance with local tax mandates.

There are obviously many such exactions, which can increase in number and complexity for business owners and individuals commanding high net worth. The matters that the Minnesota Department of Revenue might focus upon are myriad and diverse, ranging from lien/levy considerations and audits to negotiating installment payments for past-due taxes.

A proven tax attorney with experience representing taxpayers in IRS matters can provide further information and strong advocacy on behalf of any filer dealing with a tax question or concern.