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  • 10 Jul 2015 12:44 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    A reminder that the 2014 edition of the Gambling Laws is still available from Minnesota’s Bookstore – here’s the link to it from our web site: http://tinyurl.com/bock65f

    Other related products also available include:

    2014 Gambling Rules:  http://tinyurl.com/kohu5rv


    I you’d prefer to order over the phone with a credit card, feel free to give the bookstore a call at 651.297.3000 (metro) or 1.800.657.3757(nationwide).

     

    Thanks again for your interest in Minnesota’s Bookstore.

    Mary K. Mikes, Manager
    Department of Administration
    Plant Management Division:
       Minnesota's Bookstore, State Register, Central Mail
    Phone: 651.297.3979 Fax: 651.215.5733

    www.minnesotasbookstore.com 

    Follow us on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/MNBookstore


  • 29 Jun 2015 15:08 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    The attached is the summary that was presented at the June GCB legislative classes.

    2015 Legislative Update - Website Version.pdf

  • 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.

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