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  • 07 May 2020 14:54 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    We have received a number of questions recently from organizations asking how to handle employees who do not want to return to work after the shut-down has ended.  For example, does the employee have a medical reason for not returning to work; is the employee caring for a family member with COVID-19; does the employee lack childcare due to the closure of schools and/or daycare; or is the employee afraid of returning to work because of age or an underlying condition making them more vulnerable to corona virus complications?  As you can see, these types of questions are very fact specific and heavily dependent on state and federal law, some of which has changed in the past 2 months due to the corona virus pandemic. Each of these questions might have a different answer and the consequences to your organization could vary.  As a result, we recommend that you direct these types of questions to a lawyer with knowledge and experience in employment law.

    PPP UPDATE: A PPP loan may only be used for payroll, utilities, mortgage interest and rent.  To be eligible for forgiveness, costs for those permitted uses must be incurred and payments made within the 8 week period following loan disbursement.  Payroll costs must account for 75% of the loan proceeds. So these loans are not good for organizations that have laid off or furloughed employees unless they are all brought back almost immediately upon receipt of the loan money.  Nor are the loans good for groups with high expenses not related to payroll as those costs are limited to 25% of the loan.  Forgiveness is based on gross payroll (less only the employer share of FICA). 

    The link below is to information on PPP on the SBA website. Below also is additional guidance on PPP loans from the GCB.

    https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program

    May 6, 2020

    New Guidance on Paycheck Protections Program (PPP) Loans:  If your organization is a recipient of a federal PPP loan, the funds disbursed to your organization from that loan should not be deposited into your gambling account. Deposit the money into a non-gambling account. Your lender will provide guidance on how to track the funds and may even suggest setting up a separate general (non-gambling) bank account just for this purpose. The amounts expended from PPP funds will not be reported on the monthly lawful gambling reports (GCBreports) at this time. For example, payments for qualifying gambling wages will be made directly from PPP funds to the employee. We anticipate that the most PPP loans will ultimately be forgiven and the organization will not be required to repay the funds they’ve expended.

     

    What if our PPP loan isn’t forgiven?

    Organizations are responsible for consulting with their lender to maintain compliance with PPP requirements. If your organization’s PPP loan is not forgiven due to non-compliance with the guidelines, and you can document that PPP funds were used for qualifying gambling-related expenditures, you may apply to the Gambling Control Board for permission to use gambling funds to repay the federal government for the PPP loan expenditures that met a definition of allowable expense.  In the month in which you were informed that your loan won’t be forgiven, you’d report the expenditures as allowable expenses and add the loan amount to form LG100F, line 15.

     

    What if we’ve received our PPP loan and already paid qualifying expenses out of our gambling account?

    If your organization has already made qualifying payments from your gambling account that were later reimbursed by the federal government to your general account, your organization must reimburse its gambling account for the amount expended.  Report the reimbursement as a negative expense in the month that the reimbursement deposit is made.  Future qualifying expense paid with PPP funds will then be paid directly out of the non-gambling account to the employee or vendor.

     

    What if we’ve already reimbursed our gambling account for qualifying PPP expenses?  Do we need to do anything else?

    No.  If you still have PPP funds left in your general account at this time, begin paying qualifying gambling-related expenses from that general account until the loan amount has been expended.


  • 30 Apr 2020 14:32 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    The Governor announced today that the stay at home order is extendend until Monday, May 18. This includes restaurants and bars.

  • 27 Apr 2020 09:39 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    Attached are two documents. One is the revised Senate tax bill being introduced that includes relief for charitable gaming. We thank Senator Chamberlain for keeping us in his bill. We understand the financial stress that the state now finds itself in, but take this as a recognition that charities are paying up to seven times what a for profit business pays. If enacted we would still be paying up to six times what a for profit business pays. Helping to keep charities paying into the state coffers makes good business sense for the state.

    The second is a policy bill submitted by the Gambling Control Board to the House Commerce committee that addresses concerns due to the state wide shut down. We appreciate the GCB listening to ACM regarding our concerns and including several of our requests. 

    2020revisedsenatetaxbill04272020.pdf

    gcbcovidpolicybill04272020.pdf


  • 24 Apr 2020 14:07 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,


    Here is the newly revised treasury rule on the PPP program.  It appears to eliminate gambling as a bar to eligibility. Should open the door to (c)(19)’s in particular, as well as (c)(3) groups. No word on the inclusion of 501-(c)(4)'s organizations. We have asked for them to be included, but no word back on that.

     

    d. Part III.2.b. of the Third PPP Interim Final Rule (85 FR 21747, 21751) is revised to read as follows:
    Are businesses that receive revenue from legal gaming eligible for a PPP Loan? A business that is otherwise eligible for a PPP Loan is not rendered ineligible due to its receipt of legal gaming revenues, and 13 CFR 120.110(g) is inapplicable to PPP loans. Businesses that received illegal gaming revenue remain categorically ineligible. On further consideration, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary, believes this approach is more consistent with the policy aim of making PPP loans available to a broad segment of U.S. businesses.



  • 17 Apr 2020 14:12 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Update on the GCB note on their website dated 4/10/2020.

     

    We have heard from several organizations that they will be unable to meet the April 20, 2020 filing deadline for the cash audit and the March monthly reports (LG 100A, LG100C and LG100F). Some Gambling Managers have indicated that they do not have remote access to their computers and/or they do not have access to the site where the records are kept. Others are concerned that traveling to a site to compile the information necessary to complete the reports will force them to violate the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order and potentially jeopardize their health and safety. Director Gettman has indicated that there will no blanket extension of time for the filing of the reports, but that extensions will be granted upon request. 

     

    Extension requests need to be submitted to your compliance specialist by email (http://www.mn.gov/gcb/board-staff.html) and need to include the following information:

     

    a)          Name and license number of organization.

    b)         A request for a filing extension for the Account Verification Review (cash audit) and/or the March monthly reports.

    c)          The reason a filing extension is needed (e.g. lack of access to records). Note that a GM being laid off or furloughed is not acceptable as an organization is required to have a GM in place in order to continue to be licensed. (see Wednesday’s ACM Update).

    d)         The date by which the organization can file the information (e.g. one week following the lifting of the Stay-at Home Order, or two weeks following the lifting of the order closing the bars and restaurants).  Make sure you request whatever time you need in order to meet your particular circumstances.

     

    If you know of Gambling Managers who may not have access to email at this time, please pass this information along to them.


  • 15 Apr 2020 15:09 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Gambling Tax Payment Grace Period

    The Minnesota Department of Revenue is offering a Lawful Gambling Tax grace period, upon request, for March payments originally due on Monday, April 20, 2020 if needed due to COVID-19. If an extension is requested, organizations will have until May 20, 2020 to make their payment.

     

    Organizations that would like to request a grace period for their March payment, due in April, must do so by April 27, 2020. Organizations can request this grace period by email, fax, or secure message in e-Services. The request should include the organization’s name, address, federal and state tax ID numbers, license number, and the month for which they are requesting.

     

    Organizations that previously requested a grace period for their February payment, due in March, now have until May 20, 2020 to make that payment.

     

    Organizations should still file their returns by the original due date, if possible. For taxpayers who cannot do so, we will allow a filing grace period if requested.

     

    We ask that you pay your tax liability on the original due date unless you are financially unable to make the payments. If needed, you may ask us to cancel or reduce penalties, additional tax, and interest for late filing or payment if you have a reasonable cause such as being negatively affected by the COVID-19 emergency. You may request this relief after we notify you of a penalty. See Abatement Information for Businesses.

     

    Contact:

    lawfulgambling.taxes@state.mn.us

    651-297-1772

    651-297-5192 (fax)


  • 15 Apr 2020 09:30 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Got this from Sue Downey, Eagan Hockey

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  • 15 Apr 2020 08:58 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    GCB: Emergency Loan to Gambling Account

    If your organization lacks sufficient gambling funds to restart gambling once the executive order is lifted, Minnesota Rules, Part 7861.0210, Subpart 15s, allows your organization to make an emergency loan from your general account to your gambling account.  Although Board approval is not required to make an emergency loan from the general fund to the gambling fund, Board approval is required prior to repaying the money to your general account.  Once you have sufficient funds in your gambling account to repay the loan, please contact your Compliance Specialist (http://www.mn.gov/gcb/board-staff.html) for details on getting the required approval.

    GCB Board Meeting: Due to the stay-at-home order, the April 20, 2020, meeting will be held remotely.  Instructions on how to participate will be posted as soon as the procedure is in place.  If you wish to provide public comment, please submit by April 16, 2020, your name, who you represent, and your comment to gcb.webmaster@state.mn.us.


  • 10 Apr 2020 15:48 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    Below is what ACM sent to the Gambling Control Board (GCB) yesterday in response to their account verification review issued on April 7. We have asked for an extension of the deadline to June 30, 2020. We were told yesterday that there had been discussion on our request, but no resolution.

    I appreciate and understand your request for the information, but I think you underestimate the number of gambling managers that do not have access to their information during these uncertain times.  We do not want organizations to violate the Governor’s Shelter-in-place order, nor do we want our most vulnerable gambling managers to risk their health in order to comply with this request.  We appreciate that some organizations have and will be in a position to comply, but we ask that you provide additional time for those that cannot.  While the shelter-in-place order may expire May 4th, depending on circumstances existing at the time, there was no indication in the Governor’s press conference today that bars and restaurants will be permitted to reopen at that time.  So, establishing a deadline based on the uncertainties of a May 4th deadline is not realistic.  We request that you allow organizations to provide the requested information no later than June 30, 2020.  We hope and expect that sites will be back in operation by then and charities will be in a position to compile the information you have requested.  Extending the deadline will not change the information to be provided, as it will still tie out to the March or April return (depending on the last date of operation). 

     

    Thanks for your consideration.  This is, as you can imagine, an important issue for our organizations.

    Regards,

    Al Lund

    This afternoon the GCB sent this out: Gambling Managers,

    We understand that some of you have unique circumstances that may prevent your organization from complying with the April 20, 2020 deadline for submitting your March monthly reports (GCBreports LG100A, LG100C, and LG100F) or the items requested for our account verification reviews.  If so, please email your compliance specialist (http://www.mn.gov/gcb/board-staff.html) for assistance.

    We believe that several hundred organizations would be in violation of the Governor’s stay at home executive order or of being required to do work while being laid off/furloughed. We encourage every organization that finds itself unable to meet the April 20 deadline for either their March return or the account verification review to contact their compliance specialist, asking for an extension.  We then need you to share what you are told with ACM.

    Regards,


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