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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Law provides: The department supervises the administration of Minnesota tax laws. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 270C.02)

Commissioner: Ward Einess 
Appointed: 2007  
Salary: $108,400

Minneapolis. Gustavus Adolphus, history/political science (1988), Hamline Law School, J.D. (1991). Law clerk, 10th Judicial District (1992–94), senior legislative analyst, Republican Senate Caucus (1994–2001), director fiscal policy, Minnesota Business Partnership (2001–03), senior policy advisor, Office of the Governor (2003–05), deputy and acting commissioner, Department of Employment and Economic Development (2006–06).

600 Robert St. N., St. Paul 55146, (651)296-3403

Function: The department’s mission is to make the revenue system work well for Minnesota. It provides taxpayers with the services and information they need to meet their obligations; processes returns and payments; audits to resolve discrepancies and discourage tax evasion; enforces the tax laws; and identifies and recommends improvements to the revenue system.

The department administers 31 taxes with annual tax collections of approximately $15.6 billion. This money funds school aids, property tax relief, local government aids, individual assistance programs, and a number of other state programs and operations. Of the state’s general fund revenues, 44.2 percent is from individual income tax, 28.8 percent is from sales tax, 6.8 percent is from corporate income tax, 4.1 percent is from the statewide property tax, 1.6 percent is from the motor vehicle sales tax, and 8.7 percent is from all other taxes. All other revenues account for 5.8 percent.

The department’s divisions are organized into three management clusters:

Individual taxes cluster includes individual income tax, withholding tax, and collection.

Business taxes cluster includes corporation and sales tax, petroleum tax, and special taxes.

Tax policy cluster includes tax research, appeals and legal services, and property tax.

The department’s taxpayer rights advocate reports directly to the commissioner.

Last updated: 6/1/2009 2:52:59 PM