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  • 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)

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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,


  • 06 Apr 2020 14:45 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    April 3, 2020

    Attention Gambling Managers:  This checklist LG100F is intended to help you verify the accuracy of your March 2020 LG100F, Lawful Gambling Fund Reconciliation.  Throughout April we’ll be verifying organizations’ gambling account balances.  It’s especially important that there aren’t mistakes on your March 2020 LG100F as this will slow down the verification process.  Please be sure to double-check the accuracy of your LG100F prior to submitting it to the Board.  Note that the deadline for submitting your March reports remains April 20, 2020.


  • 02 Apr 2020 11:43 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    There are currently two primary plans for relief for small businesses (under 500 employees).  These plans appear to apply to at least some non-profit organizations, but please be aware that there are multiple exclusions.  Please consult a professional to guide you through the eligibility and application requirements.

    One is the Covid-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Here is a link to the application: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/  In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, with a forgivable advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application. 

    The second is the Paycheck Protection Plan, which consists of forgivable loans if the loan money is spent on payroll (less federal taxes), rent, utilities, or mortgage payments, and the business retains its employees or brings them back by June 30.  Applies to charitable groups (i.e. (c)(3)) and certain (c)(19) groups). This program is administered through SBA certified banks, of which there are about 1800 nationwide.  The US Treasury is attempting to expand the number of certified banks.  The loan covers up to 2.5 months of permitted payroll and related expenses.  Most banks are saying that they will have more information out in the next couple of days.  The application period starts Friday, April 3, 2020.   Link to the application is https://www.uschamber.com/report/covid-19-emergency-loans-small-business-guide

    ACM is forwarding this to you as information only. ACM has no knowledge if your organization qualifies for either program, and is making no recommendation regarding the appropriateness of either program for your organization. More information can be found on the websites for the Small Business Administration and the Department of the US Treasury.  You can also contact your bank.

    There has been no official reply in regards to the requests made by ACM of the Gambling Control Board and Department of Revenue regarding the relief requested last week. Unofficially we are being told that they are under consideration by the administration. As soon as any information is officially available it will be forwarded. 

    Attached is the Jan-Mar GCB newsletter

    Regards,

    Al

    2020-gn-janfebmar.pdf


  • 26 Mar 2020 17:35 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    Attached please find the requests that ACM is making of Governor Walz, the Department of Revenue and the Gambling Control Board to help licensed gaming organizations make it through this difficult time.

    I have been hearing from members and others that now is the time to be asking for much needed tax reform of charitable gaming. I certainly understand and appreciate that sentiment.

    Nobody has been clearer in regards to needing tax reform for charities than ACM these past five years. One needs to look no farther back than my obituary of charitable gaming back in 2017 when we first paid the state more than we had for our community and missions.

    We have tried to rally support for tax reform from the state and additional reforms from everyone that garnered income from charities. We foretold of what would happen if charitable gaming ceased to exist, it would cease to exist for everyone involved, not just the charities. I tried to get those profiting from us to understand that 15%/20%/25%/27% of something is a whole lot better than 15%/20%/31%/36% of nothing.

    Up until a couple of weeks ago I thought that we were well positioned for much needed tax relief. A surplus of $1.5 billion was in our favor. The Senate was a supporter and I thought that if we made it to the Governor’s desk that he would not veto the tax bill because of our inclusion.

    That has now all changed. If it hasn’t already, the surplus will become a deficit. Governor Walz and our legislators are making decisions that everyone hopes will shorten the duration of the virus and help those with the greatest needs, but those choices almost always come with a cost. We need to support our leaders during these trying times. Now is not the time to second guess their decisions or arm chair quarterback.

    Now is not the time for us to be asking the state for tax reform for charitable gaming. Now is the time for us to be coming together  and doing what we can to help everyone get through this as soon as possible. I have heard of great things that charities are doing to help their communities in this time of crisis. An example is the Osseo Lions who donated funds to help keep meals being delivered to seniors in need. We have always been a shining example of helping others when the need arises and we need to continue that example today. Asking for tax relief at this point in time would only bolster what our most vocal opponents accuse us of being, greedy and self serving.

    When this is over and some resemblance of normalcy returns, ACM will again be front and center in the fight for reform for charities. At that time if everyone comes together we will get much needed reform from the state and others that will help ensure our ability to serve our missions and communities for years to come.  I am going to cling to the belief that something good will come out of this for charities.

    God Bless,

    Request for Relief 03262020.pdf


  • 20 Mar 2020 12:48 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    GCBreports Filing Extension – The deadline for filing your February 2020 monthly reports (LG100A, LG100C, and LG100F) with the Gambling Control Board has been extended one week to Friday, March 27.  This one-time extension is granted in light of the extra work involved in temporarily shutting down your gambling operations and other delays due to COVID-19.

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