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  • 19 Jun 2015 09:56 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Clarification on Hot Ball Bingo from Chris Mau at the Gambling Control Board

    A charity may offer a hot ball prize on certain games in a session and not on others, such as a progressive game as long as it is spelled out in the organization's bingo program.

     

    Hot ball prizes do not count towards any other prize limits.  The only limit is the $500 per occasion limit on the hot ball prize itself.


  • 11 Jun 2015 09:59 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,


    Attached is the recap of your schedule C donations for FY 2014 and the summary recap of what charities paid out in expenses and taxes in FY 2014.  It was decided that using the fiscal year numbers would be better than calendar as you will be able to include your FY 2014 expenses and taxes with your donations in telling a compelling story to your legislators.


    As we have mentioned, the tax committee is still in play over the interim and you getting to your legislators with your specific numbers will help them see what you do for your communities, what you pay in expenses and what you pay in taxes in a given fiscal year.  This will only increase our chances at tax relief.


    Please act today.  Help us to help you in achieving tax relief.

    FY14FinancialCity.pdf

    FY2014 Schedule C Donations.xlsx


  • 11 Jun 2015 09:57 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members and Associates,


    Listed below are the classes being conducted by the GCB that will cover the Legislative updates from the past session regarding charitable gaming.


    ACM is looking for photos of the good work that you do in your communities to place on our website.  If you have any that you would care to share, please send them to the ACM e-mail.


    Regards,


    Al


    Minnesota Gambling Control Board

    Continuing Education Classes June 2015

     

    Topic: Legislative Update


    6/16/2015           7:00 pm         South Central College, Conference Center A           
                                                            1920 Lee Boulevard, North Mankato
                                                            (park in Blue Lot - north side of bldg; enter door 15) 

    6/17/2015           7:00 pm         Hibbing Memorial Building, Dining Room
                                                            400 East 23rd Street, Hibbing

    6/17/2015           7:00 pm         Gambling Control Board, Suite 300 South
                                                            1711 W. County Rd B, Roseville
                                                            (Use south doors)

    6/18/2015           7:00 pm         AmericInn Lodge & Suites, Fergus & Falls Room
                                                            526 Western Ave, Fergus Falls

    6/22/2015           6:00 pm         Best Western Kelly Inn, Congress/Senate Room
                                & 7:45pm         100 4th Ave S, St Cloud 
                                                            (park in south lot along Hwy 23 or east lot along river)

    6/23/2015           2:00 pm          Gambling Control Board, Suite 300 South
                                                            1711 W. County Rd B, Roseville
                                                            (Use south doors)


  • 08 Jun 2015 16:12 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Click for podcast. Lund’s segment begins at 20:04.

  • 08 Jun 2015 08:47 | Allen Lund (Administrator)
    From MPR News:

    Big bingo win represents turnaround for charitable gambling

    Electronic charitable gambling is posting a turnaround this summer, years after state officials wrote it off as a source of stadium funds.

    Lawmakers picked e-pulltabs and electronic-linked bingo to help pay for a new Vikings stadium. But the games initially fell flat, and forced Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature to come up with a new financing plan.

    But a bingo player in Eveleth won $71,000 Saturday night, a sign that play is picking up and driving up jackpots to unprecedented levels.

    "It's the largest jackpot that's ever been issued in Minnesota charitable bingo history, so we're pretty excited about it," said Jon Weaver of Pilot Games, the bingo game operator.

    Electronic linked bingo was an afterthought when e-pulltabs were launched in 2012. But Weaver says it is a winner.

    "It's a very important step to have a game that has this level of market acceptance that you can generate a $70,000 plus jackpot," he said. "it means that people are playing the game, and e-gaming may have developed some sea legs."

    State officials tapped new corporate taxes to pay off stadium bonds in 2013. But new charitable gambling taxes could yet prove a key financing mechanism to pay off the stadium's 30-year mortgage.

  • 04 Jun 2015 12:20 | Allen Lund (Administrator)
    In the 2015 Legislation that was passed was the option for a charity to offer a "Hot Ball Bingo Prize".  With the help of Chris Mau from the Gambling Control Board, below is how Hot Ball works.


    Hot Ball Bingo Prize:

    An additional incentive for a bingo player paid for by the charity.

    A Hot Ball bingo number can be drawn (B1-O75) at the start of each bingo session or drawn and designated as the Hot Ball bingo number by the charity at the implementation of using the Hot Ball Bingo Prize and can then be used for all subsequent Bingo Sessions.  

    If anyone gets a confirmed bingo on the designated number during a session they win the prize.  Multiple confirmed winners would split the prize.  

    The prize can be up to $500 and is seeded by the charity.  There can be no charge for players to participate in the Hot Ball Bingo Prize and all players are eligible for the prize.  

    The Hot Ball Bingo Prize number must be announced at the start of each Bingo Session.

    An organization could offer a hot ball prize on only special occasions.  An organization does not have to wait for the hot ball prize to be won before discontinuing the prize.  

    A charity must include the use of a Hot Ball Bingo Prize in their organization bingo program.  Sharing with your GCB compliance person a change in your program is always a good idea, though not required.  
  • 28 May 2015 09:45 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Reporting Changes on Lawful Gambling Tax Returns

    Refundable Combined Net Receipts Tax Credit and Reporting of Electronic Pull-tabs

    The Minnesota Department of Revenue has revised the Lawful Gambling Monthly Tax Return (Form G1) and Combined Net Receipts Tax (Worksheet E) to clarify how you report the refundable combined net receipts tax credit and electronic pull-tabs.

    What changed?

    If the combined net receipts tax due on Worksheet E, line 11, is positive, you’ll enter the amount on Form G1, line 11. If it’s negative, you’ll enter the amount on Form G1, line 18, and you may be entitled to the refund.

    If you play electronic pull-tabs, you’ll report the activity only on Form G1, line 9. The games are no longer required to be reported on the Report of Barcoded Games (Schedule B2).

    Monthly regulatory fee increase

    Minnesota Statute 297E.02 was recently amended to increase the monthly regulatory fee (reported on Form G1) from 0.1 percent to 0.125 percent. This is effective July 1, 2015. 

    Forms available July 31

    The revised Form G1 and Worksheet E will be available on our website by July 31 for the July 2015 period (due August 20).

    Questions?

    If you have questions, please contact us at 651-297-1772 or lawfulgambling.taxes@state.mn.us.

  • 22 May 2015 07:39 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    The 2015 Legislative session is now over, although by the way it ended there is more than a possibility for a special session being called by the Governor.


    ACM went into the session with five goals.  Get three policy bills passed, get tax relief and come to agreement with the Gambling Control Board over their fee increase request.


    We got three of the five goals accomplished.  Policy bills Senate File 634 (authors in the Senate were Senators Scalze, Pappas, Wiklund, Goodwin and in the House Representatives Atkins, Hoppe) and Senate File SF229 (authors in the House were Representatives Sanders, Hoppe, Lillie, Davids, Daudt, Halverson, Anzelc, Newton, Bernardy, Poppe and in the Senate Senators Koenen, Torres Ray, Skoe, Chamberlain, Rest) both passed.  Recaps of these bills are attached.  SF229 is already in effect, SF634 will become effective on July 1, 2015.  There are close to 50 changes being made by these bills.  The GCB will have information out soon regarding all of the changes; ACM will send out and post to the website as soon as it is made available.  HF 1519/SF1786 (authors in the Senate were Senators Eaton, Eken, B. Petersen and in the House Representatives Swedzinski, Hoppe, Anzelc, Atkins, Lillie, Sanders, Christensen) the third policy bill was passed by the House, but was not acted upon by the Senate.  If it is the will of the membership we will put the provisions in that bill back up next session.  If any of the authors are your Senator or Representative, please remember to thank them for their support.


    Tax relief was a major priority, but did not happen.  There was no tax bill this session so no changes will be made for anyone.  We were in the House Omnibus tax bill, but not in the Senate Omnibus tax bill.  Our authors in the House were Representatives Hoppe, Lucero, Poppe, Atkins, Anzelc, Dettmer, Davids and in the Senate our authors were Senator Skoe, Stumpf, Metzen, Senjem, Gazelka.  There is a possibility that with a special session there will be another attempt at a tax bill.  If that is the case, we will again work to be part of the package.  Either way, the tax bill and the tax conference committee are still in play whether in a special session or next session.  More news on this as it becomes available.


    Allied Charities has reached an agreement with the Gambling Control Board regarding a monthly fee increase for licensed gaming charities.  Our monthly regulatory fee had not increased since its inception in 2004.  The GCB had originally requested a doubling of the fee, going from .001 of sales to .002 of sales, which represented a $1.2 million annual increase in fees to licensed gaming charities.  ACM objected publicly to the proposed increase at the GCB board monthly meeting where the request was presented to the board.   The proposed fee increase is included in the State Government Omnibus Finance bill which was passed by the Senate and House, but has not yet been acted upon by the Governor. 


    Governor Dayton looked at the GCB request and lowered it to .0015 of sales, a fifty percent increase or $600,000 increase in fees annually to licensed gaming charities.  While we appreciated the change, ACM did not think that all of the increase should be passed directly on to licensed gaming charities without anyone else that touches charitable gaming getting an increase of some kind.


    In talks with the GCB ACM stressed that everyone involved should be looked at in regards to an increase.  At one point, tongue somewhat in cheek, I said that we should all open our books and whoever best can afford it should have the greatest increase.  I stressed that any fee increase comes directly out of our mission funds.


    The final agreement that was passed by the House and Senate is a fee increase on licensed gaming charities of 25% or $300,000 annually.  The monthly fee as of 7/1/2015 will be .00125 of sales for licensed organizations.  Exempt organizations, manufacturers and distributors will also be seeing increases. 


    While no fee increase is welcomed, this is a compromise that keeps the GCB at their current staffing level and financially sound for the foreseeable future.  For the average licensed gaming charity this will mean an additional $261 dollars in fees annually.  Moving down from $1.2 million to $300,000 is recognition that licensed gaming charities are hard pressed to come up with more money for regulation, but also recognition that regulation is important and needs to be funded. 


    I want to recognize Director Barrett of the GCB for working with us on the three policy bills (two were ACM sponsored, one was GCB sponsored) and the fee increase.  There was a lot of give and take over the course of the negotiations, but we were ultimately able to come to agreement.  I told Director Barrett at the beginning of our talks that I wanted to come to agreements that when looked at by an impartial third party, they would agree that they were fair to both parties.  I believe that we met that standard.


    Thanks to all of you that worked to communicate our issues to your legislators.  When legislators hear from their constituents they listen.  While ACM works hard at the legislature presenting our case, you are ultimately the best lobbyist that there ever will be.  We cannot be successful in making changes without your help. 



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