The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced special relief last week for poultry producers in Minnesota who were impacted by the H5N2 avian influenza outbreak. The Department announced that these producers will not be assessed penalties or interest if the outbreak prevented them from filing state returns or paying state taxes on time. This relief applies for all returns and tax payments due between April 23 and May 27, 2015. This relief does not apply to federal or local taxes. Producers seeking relief under this announcement are directed to call Minnesota Revenue at 651-556-3003 or 800-657-3909.
The relief was issued in response to the April 23, 2015, Minnesota Governor’s order issuing a peacetime state of emergency in Minnesota due to the presence of the bird flu in 46 different locations across the state.
On May 1, 2015, the Iowa Governor also issued a state of emergency in Iowa due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak. The Iowa Department of Revenue has not issued any statements related to the emergency. Of course, we will keep you updated if they do.
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