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You’ve come to the right page to find the basics about Minnesota taxes. In addition to this high-level information, visit the Incentives page to read more about how GREATER MSP can help you navigate the details.


Corporate Income Tax

Minnesota’s corporate income tax rate is 9.8%. In 2014, the state moved to a single sales apportionment, which makes Minnesota a top location for headquarters, plants and equipment that propel sales. Additionally, Minnesota does not have a throwback rule, which can reduce net taxable income.

Business taxes can be reduced several other ways as well, including:

  • Credit for Increasing Research Activities, otherwise known as R&D Credit. Tax credit for R&D expenditures is 10% up to the first $2 million in eligible expenses, and 2.5% for subsequent expenditures.
  • Small Business Investment Credit, otherwise known as Angel Investment Credit. Qualified investors in certified small businesses can receive a refundable income tax credit equal to 25% of their investments, up to a maximum of $125,000 ($250,000 for married joint filers).
  • Historic Structure Rehabilitation Credit for improvement of historic structures.

Sales & Use Tax

Minnesota’s general sales tax rate is 6.875%. Local sales taxes are not imposed in most jurisdictions.
There is also no sales tax on clothing, pharmaceuticals, or food used for home consumption.

Learn more about sales and use tax in Minnesota.

Business Sales Tax Exemptions

  • Capital equipment (before September 1, 2014, the tax is refunded for non-manufacturers), raw materials and utilities/fuels used in the industrial production process.
  • Equipment, software and electricity for qualified data center operations for 20 years.

Non-Taxed Business Services

  • Advertising services
  • Custom software
  • Construction labor
  • Installation labor for exempt capital equipment
  • Repair of furniture and fixtures

Commercial & Industrial Property Tax

Minnesota exempts personal property, including machinery and inventory, from the property tax, which lowers the effective tax rate for real and personal property. Businesses with high equipment and inventory values relative to their real estate value pay a lower effective tax rate in Minnesota than in many other states.