This article was written by Allen Lund and originally appeared in Press & News March 1, 2017. View the original article here.
To the Editor:
There is a bill moving through the Minnesota Legislature (House File 226, Senate File 419) that would exempt donations from state tax for licensed non-profits in Minnesota that conduct charitable gaming.
Licensed non-profits who conduct charitable gaming are currently allowed no deductions of any kind, even our donations are taxed. In Maple Grove and Osseo the non-profits conducting charitable gaming are the Maple Grove Fire Relief Association, Osseo Lions, Osseo-Maple Grove American Legion, Osseo Maple Grove Hockey Association, Maple Grove Lions and Osseo Fire Relief Association. Together in the most recent fiscal year (2016) these groups combined to pay $1.1 million in taxes while donating $1.2 million to their communities and chosen missions.
Organizations are fast approaching a point where they will be paying more in taxes than they have for our communities and their missions. If passed the bills would provide $355,000 in relief to the Osseo/Maple Grove organizations ($132,000 in relief to the OMG Hockey Association alone). Any relief would go directly back into our communities. Senator Limmer is an author of the Senate bill. Please remember to thank him for his support when you see him. Please contact your other legislators to ask for their support of the bill.
With your help we can help keep these six groups investing in our local communities for a long time to come. You can find out who represents you at http://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/
Editor’s Note: Allen Lund is Executive Director Allied Charities of MN (Trade Association) and an Osseo Maple Grove Legion Member