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RELEASE: Rep. Myers, Minnesota House Approve Bipartisan Bill Updating State Tax Code

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota House of Representatives on Monday unanimously approved legislation allowing Minnesotans to take advantage of numerous tax provisions already approved at the federal level.

State Representative Andrew Myers, R-Tonka Bay, was a bill co-author and said federal conformity was needed in Minnesota to ease filing compliance burdens and to help Minnesotans that were hardest hit from pandemic shutdowns – especially those in the restaurant, hospitality, and entertainment industries.

"I am pleased that we were able to come together and get this bill passed during the first week of the legislative session and deliver results for Minnesotans," Myers said. "Tuesday’s vote proves that if we work across the aisle on the issues that matter most to Minnesotans, we can strengthen our state, our communities, and your backyard."

Myers said at least seven federal bills have been passed into law since Minnesota last enacted legislation to match congressional changes. Tax year 2023 marks five years since our state tax code has been conformed, which Myers said is the longest the state has been out of conformity in decades.

State officials said that approving the bill (H.F. 31) by Jan. 13 allows tax software to be updated in time for the 2023 filing season. Language the House passed Monday specifies taxpayers have until Dec. 31 to file an amended return.

With 132-0 passage in the House, the bill is now in the hands of the Senate and, pending that body’s approval, will be presented to the governor for enactment.