Whether we choose to live in Minnesota depends on many factors, including the weather, quality schools, access to social amenities and the ability to find a good job. For some, it also depends on the tax rate.
It is an unfortunate reality in life that when you run for elected office, your life becomes more public as a result. Most of the time this does not pose an issue for Minnesota lawmakers who find it possible to exist largely out of the media spotlight.
Small businesses can be incorporated or unincorporated. A bar or nightclub could operate as a C corporation, S corporation, Limited Liability Partnership or sole proprietorship. Even so, there are certain types of taxes that must be paid, no matter whether or not the business is incorporated. Failure to pay taxes can land someone in a lot of trouble. One only needs to recall that Al Capone spent his last years in jail not for murder, but for tax evasion.
About 60,000 people work in Minnesota and live in Wisconsin --primarily in the Hudson area. About 20,000 people work in Wisconsin and live in Minnesota --primarily in the Winona area. Recently these people have been filing two sets of income tax returns each year, one for each state, due to the breakdown in the reciprocity agreement.
When taxes are owed to either the Internal Revenue Service, the Minnesota Department of Revenue, or to local municipalities, there are a number of options available for either the taxpayer or the governmental entity which is owed the taxes.
When many of us get our tax refund from the Minnesota Department of Revenue we may pay a few bills, put it in the bank, or splurge a little. A 51-year-old Duluth businessman allegedly took the splurge route -- not by a little -- but "buy" a lot.
When a new business incorporates, as either a corporation or non-profit organization, it typically sets up its bookkeeping and record keeping according to advice from professionals, including accountants. Apparently an accountant did not provide the right advice to a Minnesota non-profit dog shelter and adoption agency.