Another sales tax rebate will arrive in taxpayers' mailboxes in late August, making this the fourth consecutive year that Minnesotans will receive a rebate from the state budget surplus, said Rep. Steve Wenzel of Little Falls.
"This rebate will be about half the size of the rebate provided in 1999 -- but there's an important difference," Wenzel said. "This year, it covers senior citizens and dependents. That means 120,000 people who didn't get a rebate in 1999 will get one now. Also, the Legislature extended the deadline for people who missed out on last year's rebate. New legislation extends that deadline to through June 30. More information may be obtained by calling the Minnesota Department of Revenue at 1-800-652-9094.
"As before, virtually all taxpayers will receive their rebate checks without having to file any additional paperwork, as long as they filed a state income tax return for 1998."
The rebate program will total about $637 million, but could grow by $50 million depending on final budget figures. While the state does not know exactly what each citizen paid in sales tax during a specific year, there is good information on what households of various income levels paid on average. This gives the state a basis for computing a rebate amount automatically, and sending it to taxpayers without any additional application required, Wenzel said.
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