Forum staff reports , Published December 10 2013
Metro chamber urges Minnesota lawmakers to repeal ‘stifling’ new taxesFARGO – The metro area chamber is calling on Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and other Minnesota legislators to repeal numerous new taxes that were instituted last session.
Lawmakers are set to convene again on Feb. 25.
In a Tuesday news release, the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce called the new taxes “stifling” and said they “exacerbate the challenging business climate in Minnesota.”
These new taxes include an increase to individual income taxes, withholding taxes, corporate taxes, sale taxes, estate and gift taxes, and cigarette taxes.
Minnesota businesses are also now faced with an expanded business-to-business tax, requiring companies to pay 6.875 percent sales tax on labor service charges for repair and maintenance of business equipment, purchases of telecommunication equipment, and storage and warehousing services of business-related good, the chamber said.
“These additional costs cripple border cities like Fargo-Moorhead,” the chamber stated in the release.
The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber is made of more than 2,100 private, public and non-profit member firms.