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Minnesota Farm Bureau Disappointed Labor Charges on Repair of Farm Machinery Sales Tax Not Addressed

Thu, Aug 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Yesterday, it was announced that the Minnesota legislature will not address the repeal of the sales tax on labor charges on repair of farm machinery during the upcoming special session.

“While some farmers have already started to pay this tax since it went into effect on July 1, more farmers will be feeling the pain of increased costs as we get back into the fields for fall harvest and equipment begins to break down,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap. “Over the next two years, farmers will be spending over $28 million paying this tax. This is a cost coming directly out of farmer’s pockets.”

“It was disappointing that this mistake was not fixed when we had the chance. We encourage the legislature and the Governor to address this issue in the first days of the 2014 Minnesota legislative session,” said Paap. “Elected officials on both sides of the aisle agree that this tax was a mistake and needs to be fixed. We need to make sure we address it as soon as possible.”

Minnesota Farm Bureau representing Farmers, Families, Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota,

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