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On May 30, 2017, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton signed into law omnibus bill H1A, which included a sales-tax exemption on precious-metals bullion. (An omnibus bill is a proposed law that covers many diverse or unrelated topics.) The new law will take effect on July 1, 2017. Minnesota becomes the 35th state to have a complete or partial sales-tax exemption on the retail sales of rare coins, currency, and precious-metals bullion.
For the past several years, Gary Adkins (David Lawrence Rare Coins) has done most of the heavy lifting with the Minnesota sales-tax exemption legislation, along with Lee Orr and several others. Adkins credits Bill Himmelwright (PQ Coins, Minneapolis, MN) as a key player in getting the bill enacted. Many other states besides Minnesota have taken a few years to pass their legislation; just ask the dealers in Michigan and Ohio.
Although the exemption includes only .999 gold, silver, platinum, or palladium bars or rounds, the late Diane Piret, ICTA’s director of legislative affairs, always said, “It’s better to get a partial loaf than none. We can always come back for more.”
“The Minnesota dealer and collector communities owe Gary Adkins a debt of gratitude for his perseverance and generosity,” said ICTA’s executive director, Kathy McFadden.
“Minnesota now joins the 34 other states with a sales-tax exemption,” said Gary Adkins. “I want to thank everyone who helped make this exemption a reality. The ICTA partnership was invaluable to the successful conclusion of our efforts.”
Sec. 17, Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 297A.67, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:
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The Publisher and managing partner at CDN Publishing, John Feigenbaum, has been a professional numismatist since 1979. Formerly president of David Lawrence Rare Coins, John has taken on Publishing and executive responsibilities for CDN Publishing. John has written for numerous trade publications and published "The Complete Guide to Washington Quarters" in 1991. In 2014, John received the PNG Abe Kosoff Founders Award for "his steadfast dedication to the entire numismatic community".more from John Feigenbaum