State officials say refund checks should start going out this week to roughly half-a-million Minnesota taxpayers who filed returns before the legislature passed a law affecting COVID unemployment insurance benefits and businesses’ Paycheck Protection Program payments — making them exempt from Minnesota income tax.  Assistant Revenue Commissioner Sarah Bronson:

“What the Department of Revenue is going to do for the majority of these taxpayers is we’re going to adjust their returns so they don’t need to file an amended return.”

Bronson says about eight thousand taxpayers still have to file amended returns and they’ve already been notified.  Senate Tax Committee Chair, Rochester Republican Carla Nelson says, “This long overdue announcement… will provide much needed clarity for those hardest hit by COVID economic downturns.”