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Minnesota's Snowbird Tax {Governor Mark "Class Envy" Dayton strikes again]
Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/1/13

Posted on 02/01/2013 3:39:49 PM PST by rhema

Spend most of the year in St. Pete, pay the government in St. Paul.

You may have heard it can get cold in Minnesota in January, or for that matter in April. Last week the temperature dropped to seven below zero in the Twin Cities, which is one reason many Midwesterners head to Florida or Arizona for the winter. But now Governor Mark Dayton wants to tax the snowbirds even if they are no longer legally state residents.

"There is a snowbird tax—absolutely," the Democratic Governor told reporters the other day. . . .

Details are sketchy, but the idea is to tax these nonresidents on their income from stocks, bonds, capital gains and dividends if they spend at least 60 days in Minnesota a year. Income earned in the state is already taxed regardless of residence status, but many retirees or vacationers own a home in the state and live there only for the summer.

The new tax would hit income not earned in Minnesota by those who don't currently spend the requisite six months and a day in the state to qualify as a taxable resident. So, for example, if you returned to the land of 10,000 taxes only for July and August, you'd suddenly have to pay the taxman in St. Paul on dividend checks sent to your main residence in St. Pete.

[ . . . ]

But then as the Governor's line about "unfairnesses" attests, raising revenue isn't the point of this exercise. The goal is to punish people for the sin of being able to afford to travel south for the winter.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: arizona; dayton; democrat; dfl; florida; marx; rich
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1 posted on 02/01/2013 3:39:57 PM PST by rhema
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To: MplsSteve
The snowbird smackdown is part of a larger Dayton tax grab proposing to lift Minnesota's personal income tax rate to 9.85% from 7.85% on income above $150,000 for singles and $250,000 for joint filers. Congrats to midlevel corporate types in Edina—the Governor says you're rich. Minnesota's income tax rate would be the country's sixth highest.
2 posted on 02/01/2013 3:40:58 PM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

marx dipwad ping


3 posted on 02/01/2013 3:46:33 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: rhema

These people can just put their Minnesota house up for sale and live full time in a warmer state.


4 posted on 02/01/2013 3:48:57 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: rhema

Need to tax the rascals moving from NY to Florida...just to be fair. These people were born to be taxed. Hit’m hard.


5 posted on 02/01/2013 3:49:58 PM PST by ptsal (E)
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To: rhema

Sounds like a bit of “ethnic cleansing” of the productive.


6 posted on 02/01/2013 3:50:55 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: rhema

Good friend of mine once lived in Minnesota, and he called attitudes like this one “the Minnesota stink.”


7 posted on 02/01/2013 3:51:16 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: rhema

Check the stats and you find that the fastest growing states are the low tax states.Even in Communist New England,New Hampshire (no income tax...no sales tax) is growing by leaps and bounds while the rest of the region is going down in flames.


8 posted on 02/01/2013 3:56:00 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: rhema; Colonel_Flagg; MplsSteve

He’s going to be lonely all by himself when people there finally wake up and decide not to take this kind of abuse any more!


9 posted on 02/01/2013 3:56:14 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: rhema
We call him "Governor Goofy" for a reason.
10 posted on 02/01/2013 3:56:54 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Proud Thought Criminal since 1984)
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To: rhema

So instead of getting some tax revenue he will get nothing.

And then complain that it is not fair...


11 posted on 02/01/2013 3:59:31 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Those places are what the theatre/arts/sportswriters here crowd here call “backwards”.

They say without all the “investments” in stadiums, theatres and light rail, we’d be “a cold Omaha”.

Fargo is looking better all the time.


12 posted on 02/01/2013 4:03:54 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: ptsal

100% agree...I live part time in a waiting to die compound...NYers vote RAT, love obama and generally scum of the earth. Not all..but the majority.


13 posted on 02/01/2013 4:05:09 PM PST by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: rhema

The obviously wealthier tax base, who already have shown that they are unusually mobile are not the ones to target for taxes. Within a year, they will simply find another cold state to summer over in, like Alaska that PAYS you to live there.

Hard to run a welfare state with no tax base Gov...

But the obvious takes longer to discover for the obtuse.


14 posted on 02/01/2013 4:14:21 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: 2banana

If they all start moving south he’ll put a “relocation” tax on them.


15 posted on 02/01/2013 4:17:54 PM PST by Terry Mross (Who long before America is no more?)
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To: Vince Ferrer
These people can just put their Minnesota house up for sale and live full time in a warmer state.

They could live there for 59 days or less and not have to pay the new fine. What a fool the governor is! Does he really think people won't be able to figure out how to get around this?

16 posted on 02/01/2013 4:37:29 PM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: rhema

As the blue states increasing fail financially, they jack up taxes and fees in a futile attempt to catch up.

Important electoral states like California, Illinois, and NY will undoubtedly get federal bailouts of some sort. But a state like Mn is SCREWED.


17 posted on 02/01/2013 4:42:34 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: rhema

I heard on Rush today that DC has floated the idea of seizing 401k and IRA accounts and paying out a ‘dividend’ to the former owners.

There’s a word for that.

Several, actually.


18 posted on 02/01/2013 4:45:59 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Terry Mross

Terry Mross ~:” If they all start moving south he’ll put a “relocation” tax on them.”

And when he does , I am sure that all the retirees will just roll over.. (NOT ! )
and not tell their children, and their childrens’ children ..
and it will bite him in the a$$ at the next election cycle !!


19 posted on 02/01/2013 4:56:09 PM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

62% of growth in jobs is from 9 states with no income tax that have only 20% of the population .

At least, that’s what Laffer says.


20 posted on 02/01/2013 5:03:22 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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