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Old 04-17-2018, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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I live in MN

Last year we were charged $15 to efile state tax returns and this year it's $25.

So, what were you charged to efile this year?

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Old 04-17-2018, 03:25 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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CT = zero to file on-line. There is a fee for credit card payment of taxes owed, none if direct debit from your bank
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Old 04-17-2018, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Florida, no state tax.
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:57 PM
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Location: Wasilla, AK
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Alaska - zero. No state income tax. Or state sales tax.
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Old 04-17-2018, 09:37 PM
 
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I don't know but I mail state since it is not free filing. Crazy to think I have to pay them for the privilege of filing tax.
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Old 04-17-2018, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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I don't know but I mail state since it is not free filing. Crazy to think I have to pay them for the privilege of filing tax.
Exactly - it's more efficient for them to process e-file. Another way to hit people.
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Old 04-17-2018, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Alaska - zero. No state income tax. Or state sales tax.
This is a charge over and above sales tax & state tax. I'm making my case where I keep reading MN has the 3rd highest tax burden and the people say "Oh No it isn't" Yes it is. I can see the light bulb go on - they really hadn't thought of it before. It's over the top charges like this that add to it while our govenor keeps his billions safely hidden in another state.
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Old 04-18-2018, 02:34 AM
 
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This is a charge over and above sales tax & state tax. I'm making my case where I keep reading MN has the 3rd highest tax burden and the people say "Oh No it isn't" Yes it is. I can see the light bulb go on - they really hadn't thought of it before. It's over the top charges like this that add to it while our govenor keeps his billions safely hidden in another state.
Minnesota isn’t in the top 5 for combined state income and sales tax. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, and California are. Wisconsin is also high.

Minnesota has somewhat high tax burdens but it doesn’t exactly come first to my mind. Even after the list above, I think of Maryland, Vermont, and Massachusetts. And from Minnesota’s website, my understanding is that there’s a mainstream list of 5+ vendors that they have free e file agreements with. I suspect you picked a different place to file and voluntarily choose the fee...

The “3rd highest income tax rate” of 9.85% is the MARGINAL tax rate on incomes above 155k for an individual and 260k for a married couple in Minnesota. In other words, few people touch that rate on any of their income and their EFFECTIVE tax rate is far lower than that. But it sounds “better” to have the useless media shock value of of saying “we” pay 9.85%!!!! Looking at marginal tax rates is often meaningless because it doesn’t take into account the entire tax structure (sales/use, property, payroll, franchise tax, etc) or how generous a state is with deductions or credits against that high marginal rate.


Alaska doesn’t need an income tax because of its natural resources. Florida uses a heavy dose of sales and property taxes instead of personal income taxes (to go after retirees). They also still have a corporate income tax.

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Old 04-18-2018, 04:37 AM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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I recently read where MN was #3 and now I can't find it - although I haven't spent much time looking.

This one and Wallet Hub show MN as #5 - still very high - but that only includes actual taxes, not extra fees such as the $25.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/10/us-s...x-burdens.html


I used TurboTax this year and H&R Block last year - 2 of the most used tax programs. My neighbor works for the state and said that yes the state is charging this, which sounded like all e-files were charged this much.

The other option was to have the fee deducted from the amount due to you but that fee was $39.95.
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Old 04-18-2018, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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Florida, no state tax.

Yep!
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