Legislation that would expand current telecommunications equipment sales tax exemptions was laid over for possible inclusion in the Omnibus Tax Bill.
Currently, some machinery and equipment used directly by a telecommunications, cable television, or direct satellite service provider is exempt from sales and use tax in Minnesota. The bill heard this week would expand the exemption to wire, cable, fiber poles, and conduit. These items are especially important in deploying broadband throughout Minnesota. The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband has recommended extending this sales tax relief to modern technology to help reach Minnesota’s ambitious broadband goals. (S.F. 1186)