Minnesota's PETROFUND FEE
Minnesota’s PETROLEUM TANK FUND will go OFF at 11:59 pm, July 31, 2014.
Imposition of fee. The Board shall notify the Commissioner of Revenue if the unencumbered balance of the fund falls below $4,000,000, and within 60 days after receiving notice from the board, the Commissioner of Revenue shall impose the fee established in subdivision 3 on the use of a tank for four(4) calendar months, with payment to be submitted with each monthly distributor tax return.
We will advise MPMA Members when the fee goes back on… If you have any questions feel free to contact the Association office at 651-484-7227.
World Pay Advisor Alert
Planned maintenance scheduled for September 10, 2014
We will be conducting planned maintenance in our Atlanta data center on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 5:30 to 8:00 AM ET. During this time our Atlanta data center will be unavailable and we’ll direct all traffic to our Philadelphia data center. Traffic will split back to the Atlanta data center on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at 8:00 AM ET.
Steps you may take
For merchants who have a persistent connection to our Atlanta data center, you may redirect your traffic at any time to Philadelphia. To confirm maintenance has been completed, please contact our Network Operations Center (NOC) at 678-587-1258. As always, if you have any questions, please contact your Relationship Manager.
Minnesota's MINIMUM WAGE
Minnesota's minimum-wage increases August 1, 2014…
Minnesota's minimum-wage rates rise up to $8 an hour beginning August 1, 2014. In the coming two years, the new law will move wage rates higher in August 2015 and again in August 2016 when the top rate goes to $9.50 an hour. In January 2018, the rate will be indexed to inflation based on economic conditions…
Little Cigars Tax Change
Effective July 1, 2014, Little cigars weighing 3 to 4.5 pounds (Class 19 cigars) will be taxed at the regular cigarette tax rate plus the non-settlement fee of $.50 per pack.
Class 18 & 19 cigars will now be taxed at the same rate.
The tax rate will now be $3.842 per pack - a DECREASE of $2.83 per pack.
Did your business or organization suffer storm damage? You can request a tax related penalty abatement
Minnesota Department of Revenue sent this bulletin at 06/20/2014 03:04 PM CDT.
Governor Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency due to damage caused by the recent severe weather. If your business or organization was affected by the recent severe storms and you were prevented from filing or paying your taxes on time, you can request a penalty abatement.
To request a penalty abatement, visit our website using the links below and follow the instructions for making a request: Sales and Use Tax, Lawful Gambling Tax, Withholding Deposits, Petroleum Tax. If you received a bill, go the State's website for more information and follow the instructions for making a request.
DOT Medical Professionals
More Than 30,000 Medical Professionals Now Listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that 8,000 more health professionals have been added to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) since the new system for USDOT medical examinations launched last month with 22,000 providers. Another 22,500 medical professionals have also initiated the process for gaining their certification. All interstate commercial truck and bus drivers must pass a USDOT medical examination at least once every two years in order to obtain a valid medical certificate and maintain their commercial driver’s license (CDL). As required by federal regulation, effective May 21, 2014, all new USDOT medical examinations for interstate truck and bus drivers (both CDL and non-CDL drivers) are required to be performed by a medical examiner who has completed the required training and passed a certification test. The USDOT medical examination looks at a range of conditions to assess a driver’s ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory and muscular functions, vision, and hearing. To meet the needs of professional drivers throughout the country, there are certified examiners in every state, and dozens or hundreds in most cities that can be located by visiting http://nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov/.
MPCA Grants Available for Small Businesses
The MPCA has $320,000 in grant funding available to help small businesses reduce their VOC emissions. Click here for more details.