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  • 30 Mar 2018 09:16 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    This week HF3018 (tax structure task force bill) was heard in House Government Operations (Thank you Chair O’Driscoll for hearing the bill) and passed out to House State Government Finance (Thank you Chair S. Anderson for hearing the bill).  It was laid over for possible inclusion in an Omnibus Finance bill.  Thanks again to chief author Bliss for all of his work on the bill.  No further action on this bill is required in the House.

    This week HF3384 was heard in House Taxes (Thank you Chair Davids for hearing the bill).  Jon Grell and I testified in support of the bill.  The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an Omnibus Tax bill.  Thanks again to chief author Knoblach for all of his work on the bill.  No further action on this bill is required in the House. 

    Last week I failed to mention that Jim Probst of the South Robert St. Business Association testified in support of HF3511 (Electronic wheel bill).  The bill was offered as an amendment to HF3018, but was pulled by the author (Rep. Smith) after the testimony.    Many thanks to Jim for his testimony.  An electronic version of the manual wheel/table is needed.  It is an evolution of a game, not a revolution or a direct expansion of gambling in the state.  It would provide us with another tool that would be taxed at 8.5%, not combined receipts. 

    On the ACM website you will find an excel spreadsheet that includes all of our 80,818 Lawful Purpose Expenditures in calendar year 2017 by license number.  Great reading.  I try to get through every one of them each year.  I am always in awe of the work that you each do.  Take the time to look at yours and pass them along to your state legislators.  It helps them to see what you are doing with the money that you do get to the bottom line.

    The legislature is in recess for the next ten days, returning on Monday, April 9. 

    Blessed Easter,

    Al


  • 12 Mar 2018 17:17 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    See the two attachments that are great examples of working with your community, organization members and your elected officials in letting them know what your organization has been doing in your community.  Thanks to Gary Dawson from the Backus American Legion for his work and sharing of this information.

    2017CharGamNewsRelease.pdf

    2017 BL Charitable Donaations.pdf

  • 26 Feb 2018 10:10 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Hearing has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 1 at 1 pm in room 1200 of the Senate Office Building.

  • 16 Feb 2018 08:47 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    Attached find a legislative update, a comparison of electronic and paper pull tabs and two pages from the January – March 2018 issue of the Proof magazine, a publication of Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA).

    The pages from the Proof are examples of what I mean when I say that we have lost sight of what charitable gaming is supposed to be about and how we have now lost control of it as well.  There is no mention that a bar needs a charity in order to conduct charitable gaming.  The charity is no longer in the equation.  It is about making revenue for the state and for profit companies.  We now have bars collecting $16,800 monthly rent checks.  That is the equivalent of $200,000 per year off of charitable gaming.  If that does not cause you to sit up and take notice, I am not sure what will.  We are supposed to be here to help those in need, those that are less fortunate than ourselves. 

    Al

    02162018.pdf


  • 26 Jan 2018 13:16 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Please see the attached.  It is template that you can use for communicating with groups that are asking you for donations.  There is a template for when you cannot fund the request, reduce the amount requested and fund the request.


    It is meant to be a template.  Feel free to customize to your specific situation.  One of these should be going out with every donation request you receive.


    Getting the groups and folks that benefit from our donations to help us with our goal of staying viable and relevant in our communities is important.

    Dear Donation Request 01262018.docx


  • 25 Jan 2018 10:23 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    2018legreceptionboth.pdf

    All legislators have been invited to attend on Monday, March 19 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  Send a personal invitation to you Representative and Senator, even if you cannot personally attend.  Getting an invite from a constituent is far more important than one from ACM.

  • 12 Jan 2018 13:08 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    taxexemptorgIRS01122018.pdf

    You and your organization should read and be familiar with this publication.  ACM Attorney Mary Magnuson brought this to my attention.


  • 12 Jan 2018 08:20 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    2018 Legislative Agenda:

    Donations exempt from gambling tax.  HF226/SF419 is in bill form and ready for the tax committees.  Rationale: We can find no entity that does not receive some tax benefit from making donations.

    Sales tax exemption.  No sales tax on paper games/electronic leases/electronic revenue share.  Rationale: Gambling tax is in lieu of all other taxes.

    External audit clarification.  External audits are currently required of non-profit organizations with more than $750,000 in gross receipts in a fiscal year, which for us means sales.  Our $750,000 would become sales minus prizes.  Those organizations that meet or exceed $750,000 of sales minus prizes in a fiscal year that use a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to prepare all of their monthly gambling returns in a fiscal year would also be exempt.  Rationale: Prizes are not something that we can decide to pay or not pay.  To not pay even a two dollar playback will put you out of business.  Holding us responsible for 85% of what we take in that we then return to our patrons, which never hits our bank, is wrong.   We cannot use prizes to pay expenses, taxes/fees or donations.  Having a CPA review your business twelve times a year is better than once a year.

    Study/Commission of the state gambling tax.  To be comprised of two Representatives, two Senators, a Governor Appointee and 3 to 4 Charity Representatives.  Report would be due back to the legislature prior to the February 2019 forecast.  Rationale: There needs to be a complete review of how the current tax structure is impacting our ability to serve our communities and missions. 

    Approval of an electronic table for electronic tri-wheel.  Electronic tri-wheel was approved in the 2012 stadium legislation.  An electronic table is needed to complete the package.  To be taxed at the 8.5% rate.  Rationale:  An electronic tri-wheel and table would give us the ability to increase our mission dollars.   This is an evolution, not a revolution.  We need to use technology where it makes sense for us.

    Reduction in storage of paper games from 3 ½ years to 2 years.  Storage is an ever increasing burden on the organization.  Reducing the look back time will not compromise compliance reviews or revenue audits.  Rationale:  We are always being called on to reduce our expenses in lieu of tax relief.  Reducing this particular expense is a vehicle for getting more funds to our communities and missions.

    As it stands right now, all of these will be stand alone bills.  We are looking for authors/champions for the reduction in storage bill.  If you have a relationship with legislators and want this to pass please contact me for next steps.  As these bills get numbers we will be asking you to contact your legislators to ask them to sign onto and support these bills.  Every one of these bills will have opposition of some kind that prefers the status quo.  Without your and their support we will not get any of these bills passed. 

    Regards,


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