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Minnesota Individual Income Tax Instructions (Form M1)
2011 Minnesota Individual Income Tax Return (M1) Instructions

Questions? 2020 Minnesota Individual Income Tax Forms and Instructions > Form M1 Minnesota Individual Income Tax Return > Schedule M1W Minnesota Income Tax Withheld > Schedule M1SA Minnesota Itemized Deductions > Schedule M1MA Marriage Credit We’re here for you. 651-296-3781 1-800-652-9094 > Schedule M1WFC Minnesota Working Family Credit > Schedule M1REF Refundable Credits > Schedule M1C Nonrefundable Credits > Schedule M1M Income Additions and Subtractions www.revenue.state.mn.us To file electronically, go to www.revenue.state.mn.us Go to www.revenue.state.mn.us to: • • • • • File and pay electronically Get forms, instructions, and fact sheets Get answers to your questions Check on your refund Get Form 1099-G refund information Call our automated system at 651-296-4444 or 1-800-657-3676 to: • Check on your refund • Get Form 1099-G refund information Questions? • Email at [email protected] • Call 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094 • Write to: Minnesota Department of Revenue Mail Station 5510 600 N. Robert St. St. Paul, MN 55146‑5510 This information is available in alternate formats. Inside This Booklet What’s New for 2020 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Information for Federal Return . . . . . . . . . . 4 Use Tax Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Filing Requirements/Residency . . . . . . . . 5-7 Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Filing Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Use of Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Line Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-18 Payment Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Penalty and Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Military Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Other Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Working Family Credit Tables . . . . . . . . 23-27 Tax Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-34 Tax Rate Schedules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 How to Get Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Free Tax Help Free tax preparation is available from IRS-certified volunteers at locations across Minnesota to assist individuals 60 or older, with a disability, with annual income less than $56,000, or speaking limited or no English. To find a volunteer tax preparation site: • Go to www.revenue.state.mn.us and enter Free Tax Preparation into the Search box • Call 651-297-3724 or 1-800-657-3989 What’s new for 2020? Standard Deduction The standard deduction increased for each filing status. Determine your standard deduction on page 11. The standard deduction is reduced if your income exceeds $197,850 ($98,925 if you are married and filing a separate return). These are the standard deduction amounts determined for your filing status: • *$12,400 for Single • *$24,800 for Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widower • *12,400 for Married Filing Separately • *$18,650 for Head of Household If you are married and filing a separate return, you may only claim the standard deduction if your spouse did not itemize deductions. If you can be claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return, see the instructions for line 4 to determine your standard deduction amount. If you are a nonresident alien of the United States, you may not claim the standard deduction unless allowed under a United States income tax treaty. Itemized Deductions The Minnesota itemized deductions are reported on Schedule M1SA, Minnesota Itemized Deductions. For more information, see page 11. You may itemize deductions on your Minnesota income tax return even if you claimed the standard deduction on your federal income tax return. Itemized deductions are reduced if your income exceeds $197,850 ($98,925 if you are married and filing a separate return). Dependent Exemptions The dependent exemption amount is $4,300 for each qualifying dependent in 2020. Your total exemption amount is reduced if your income exceeds certain amounts based on your filing status: • $197,850 for Single • $296,750 for Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widow(er) • $148,375 for Married Filing Separately • $247,300 for Head of Household See page 13 to determine who qualifies and how much you can deduct. Enter dependents on the top of Form M1. Minnesota Adjusted Gross Income Federal tax law changes have been enacted since December 31, 2018, which Minnesota law does not recognize. Differences between federal adjusted gross income and Minnesota adjusted gross income are determined on Schedule M1NC, Federal Adjustments. The list of adjustments is provided in the instructions for Schedule M1NC. If you must make an adjustment due to one of the items on Schedule M1NC, your Minnesota adjusted gross income is on line 34 of that schedule. You must use your Minnesota adjusted gross income to determine various credits and limitations on your Minnesota return. Where’s My Refund? We review every return to verify the information and make sure the right refund goes to the right person. Each return is different, so processing time will vary. To check your refund status, go to www.revenue.state.mn.us and type Where’s My Refund into the Search box. With this system, you can: • See if we’ve received your return • Follow your return through the process • Understand the steps your return goes through before a refund is sent • See the actual date your refund was sent When you use Where’s My Refund, we ask for your Social Security number, date of birth, and the exact amount of your refund. You can also call our automated phone line at 651-296-4444 or 1-800-657-3676 to get the status of your refund. 3 Information for Your Federal Return State Refund Information—Line 1 of federal Schedule 1 If you received a state income tax refund in 2020 and you itemized deductions on federal Form 1040 in 2019, you may need to report an amount on line 1 of your 2020 federal Schedule 1. See the Form 1040 instructions for more information. We do not mail federal Form 1099-G to most taxpayers. To find out how much your Minnesota income tax refund was: • Review your records • Go to www.revenue.state.mn.us and type 1099-G into the Search box • Call 651-296-4444 or 1-800-652-9094 Deducting Real Estate Taxes—federal Schedule A (Line 5b) You are allowed a tax deduction on federal Schedule A for real estate taxes you paid in 2020. If you received a property tax refund for these taxes on a 2019 Form M1PR, Homestead Credit Refund (for Homeowners) and Renter’s Property Tax Refund, subtract that refund amount from your property taxes paid when calculating your deduction on Schedule A. Deducting Vehicle License Fees—federal Schedule A (Line 5c) You may deduct part of your Minnesota vehicle license fee as personal property tax for passenger automobiles, pick-up trucks, and vans on line 5c of federal Schedule A. Other amounts, such as the plate fee and filing fee, are not deductible and cannot be used as an itemized deduction. Calculate the allowed deduction by subtracting $35 from your vehicle’s registration tax for each vehicle you register. To find the registration tax: • Go to www.drive.mn.gov and select Calculate Registration Tax • Look at the vehicle registration renewal form issued by Driver & Vehicle Services Did you purchase items over the internet or through the mail? If you purchased taxable items for personal use and did not pay sales tax, you may owe use tax. Generally, use tax is the same rate as the state sales tax. If you live in a local tax area, include the use tax that is applicable to your local use tax. You may owe use tax if you purchase taxable items: • Over the internet, by mail order, etc., and the seller does not collect Minnesota sales tax from you. • In a state or country that does not collect Minnesota sales tax from you. • From an out-of-state seller who properly collects another state’s sales tax at a rate lower than Minnesota’s sales tax. (In this case, you owe the difference between the two rates). Add all of your taxable purchases. If they total more than $770, file Form UT1, Individual Use Tax Return, by April 15, 2020, for all taxable items you purchased during the calendar year. If your total purchases for personal use are less than $770, you do not have to file and pay use tax. To file online, go to www.revenue.state.mn.us and type Individual Use Tax into the Search box. Then, select Individual Use Tax Return Online Filing System. Follow the prompts to file your return. Form UT1 and Fact Sheet 156, Use Tax for Individuals, are available on our website or by calling 651-296-6181 or 1-800-657-3777. Local Use Taxes If you buy taxable items for use in the cities and counties listed in Fact Sheet 164, Local Sales and Use Taxes, you must also pay local use taxes at the rates listed. 4 Filing Requirements Am I required to file a Minnesota Individual Income Tax return? Yes, if any of these apply: • You were a Minnesota resident for the entire year in 2020 and your income was more than the amount in the chart below for your filing status • You were a part-year or nonresident and meet the requirements under Filing Requirements for Part-Year Residents and Nonresidents • You qualify for and want to claim refundable credits • You were a nonresident alien of the United States, had income assignable to Minnesota, and were required to file a federal return Minnesota Residents File a 2020 Minnesota income tax return if your income is more than the amount that applies to you in the chart below. You are a Minnesota resident if either of these apply: • Minnesota was your permanent home in 2020 • Minnesota was your home for an indefinite period of time and you maintained an abode (house, townhouse, condominium, apartment, mobile home, or cabin, with cooking and bathing facilities, that could be lived in year-round) in Minnesota For more information, see Income Tax Fact Sheet 1, Residency. Residents Who are not a Dependent If you were a Minnesota resident for all of 2020 and required to file a federal income tax return, you are required to file a Minnesota income tax return. Residents Who are a Dependent If your parent (or someone else) can claim you as a dependent, use the Worksheet for Line 4 — Dependent Standard Deduction to determine your filing requirement. If your gross income is greater than the amount of your standard deduction determined in the worksheet, you must file a Minnesota income tax return. Your gross income is the total of your earned and unearned income. Your earned income includes salaries, wages, tips, professional fees, and taxable scholarship and fellowship grants. Your unearned income includes taxable interest, ordinary dividends, capital gains distributions, unemployment compensation, taxable social security benefits, pension, annuities, and distributions of unearned income from a trust. If your filing status* is And Then you must file a Minnesota income tax return if your income was at least Single You were born on or after January 2, 1956 $12,400 You were born before January 2, 1956 $14,050 You and your spouse were born on or after January 2, 1956 $24,800 You or your spouse was born before January 2, 1956 $26,100 You and your spouse were born before January 2, 1956 $27,400 You were born on or after January 2, 1956 $18,650 You were born before January 2, 1956 $20,300 Any age $5 You were born on or after January 2, 1956 $24,800 You were born before January 2, 1956 $26,100 Married Filing Jointly Head of Household Married Filing Separately Qualifying Widow(er) *Use the same filing status from your federal income tax return. If you did not file a federal return, see the Form 1040 instructions. If you are not required to file a Minnesota return, you can file to: • Claim refundable credits (K–12 Education, Working Family, Dependent Care, Parents of Stillborn Children) • Get a refund if your employer issued you a 2020 Form W-2 reporting Minnesota income tax withheld from your wages 5 Filing Requirements (cont.) Part-Year Residents File a Minnesota income tax return if you moved into or out of Minnesota in 2020 and your 2020 Minnesota source income is $12,400 or more. Complete Schedule M1NR, Nonresidents/Part-Year Residents, to determine income received while a Minnesota resident and income received from Minnesota sources while a nonresident. Your Minnesota tax is based on that income. Nonresidents If you were a resident of another state but lived in Minnesota, file a Minnesota income tax return as a Minnesota resident if both of these applied to you: • You were physically in Minnesota for 183 days or more during the tax year • You or your spouse owned, rented, lived in, or leased an abode (house, townhouse, condominium, apartment, mobile home, or cabin, with cooking and bathing facilities, that could be lived in year-round) in Minnesota If both conditions apply, you are considered a Minnesota resident for the length of time you maintained an abode in Minnesota. File a Minnesota income tax return if you meet the filing requirements in the next section. For more details, see Income Tax Fact Sheet 2, Part-Year Residents, and Income Tax Fact Sheet 3, Nonresidents. Filing Requirements for Part-Year Residents and Nonresidents 1. Determine your total income from all sources (including sources not in Minnesota) while a Minnesota resident. 2. Determine the total of the following types of income you received while a nonresident of Minnesota: • Wages, salaries, fees, commissions, tips, and bonuses for work done in Minnesota • Gross rents and royalties received from property located in Minnesota • Gains from the sale of land or other tangible property in Minnesota • Gross winnings from gambling in Minnesota • Gains from the sale of a partnership interest, to the extent the partnership had property or sales in Minnesota • Gains reported on Schedule M1AR, Accelerated Recognition of Installment Sale Gains • Gains on the sale of goodwill or income from an agreement not to compete connected with a business operating in Minnesota • Minnesota gross income from a business or profession conducted partially or entirely in Minnesota. This is the amount from line 7 of federal Schedule C or line 9 of Schedule F of Form 1040. Gross income from a partnership, S corporation, or trust or estate is the amount on line 27 of Schedule KPI, line 27 of Schedule KS, or line 32 of Schedule KF 3. Add step 1 and step 2. If the total is $12,400 or more, you must file a Minnesota income tax return and Schedule M1NR. If the result is less than $12,400 and you had amounts withheld or paid estimated tax, file a Minnesota income tax return and Schedule M1NR to receive a refund. If you are married and filed a joint federal return, you must file a joint Minnesota return even if only one spouse has Minnesota income. Complete Schedule M1NR and include a copy of the schedule when you file your return. Seniors and Taxpayers with Disabilities If you Were born before January 2, 1956 And you Meet certain income requirements for 2020 Are permanently and totally disabled at the end of 2020 • Meet certain income requirements for 2020 • Received federally taxable disability income in 2020 Then You may qualify for an income tax subtraction on Schedule M1R. Other benefits you may be eligible for include: • Homestead Credit Refund (for Homeowners) and Renter’s Property Tax Refund (Form M1PR). • Senior Citizens’ Property Tax Deferral Program. See Property Tax Fact Sheet 7, Senior Citizens Property Tax Deferral. • Special Homestead Classification: Class 1b (for qualifying blind and disabled property owners). See Property Tax Fact Sheet 18, Special Homestead Classification: Class 1b. For more information on tax issues for seniors, see Income Tax Fact Sheet 6, Seniors, visit our website at www.revenue.state.mn.us, or call us at 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094. 6 Filing Requirements (cont.) Michigan and North Dakota Residents Minnesota has reciprocity agreements with Michigan and North Dakota. You are not subject to Minnesota income tax if both of these applied in 2020: • You were a full-year resident of Michigan or North Dakota and returned to your home state at least once a month • Your only Minnesota income was from personal service income (wages, salaries, tips, commissions, and bonuses) Complete Schedule M1M, Income Additions and Subtractions, to file for a refund of withholding if you are a Michigan or North Dakota resident. For more information, see Income Tax Fact Sheet 4, Reciprocity. Follow the steps below to complete your Form M1 and Schedule M1M: 1. Enter the appropriate amounts from your federal return on lines A-D and on line 1 of Form M1. 2. Skip lines 2 through 6 of Form M1. 3. Enter the amount from line 1 of Form M1 on line 25 of Schedule M1M and on line 7 of Form M1. Place an X in the box for line 25 of Schedule M1M to indicate the state of which you are a resident. 4. Complete the rest of Form M1. In addition to Schedule M1M, complete and enclose Schedule M1W, Minnesota Income Tax Withheld, and a copy of your home state tax return. Do not complete Schedule M1NR. If your wages are covered by reciprocity and you do not want your employer to withhold Minnesota tax in the future, file Form MWR, Reciprocity Exemption/Affidavit of Residency, each year with your employer. If you are filing a joint return and only one spouse works in Minnesota under a reciprocity agreement, include both of your names, Social Security Numbers, and dates of birth on your return. If your gross income assignable to Minnesota from sources other than from personal service income covered under reciprocity is $12,400 or more, you are subject to Minnesota tax on that income. File a Minnesota income tax return and Schedule M1NR. You may not take the reciprocity subtraction on Schedule M1M. Aliens and Nonresident Aliens If you are not a United States citizen, then you are considered an alien for tax purposes. You must determine your residency status for federal tax purposes before you can determine your Minnesota tax responsibilities. To determine your federal residency status, see Internal Revenue Service Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens. If you are considered a resident alien for federal tax purposes, you have the same filing and tax requirements of a United States citizen. You will determine your Minnesota filing requirement following the requirements listed under Minnesota Residents, Part-Year Residents, and Nonresidents. If you are considered a nonresident alien for federal tax purposes, you may be required to file a Minnesota income tax return depending on your Minnesota residency status and Minnesota gross income. If you are a full-year resident under the 183-day rule and required to file a federal income tax return, you must file a Minnesota income tax return. If you are a part-year resident or nonresident under the 183-day rule and you have gross income from Minnesota sources of at least $5, you must file a Minnesota tax return and Schedule M1NR. How does the department protect my information? Protecting your information and identity is our priority. We have partnered with other states, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), financial institutions, and tax preparation software developers to combat fraud. For more information about keeping your identity safe, go to: • www.revenue.state.mn.us and type Protecting Your Identity into the Search box • www.irs.gov (IRS) • www.ag.state.mn.us (Minnesota Attorney General’s Office) We will never ask you to provide, update, or verify personal information through unsolicited email or phone calls. If you are concerned about a potentially fraudulent contact by someone claiming to be from the department, call 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094. We can determine if the contact you received was legitimate. 7 Getting Started What do I need? • • • • Reminder: Review your return before signing. You are legally responsible for all information on your return, even if you paid someone to prepare it for you. Your name and address Your Social Security Number Your completed federal return Your date of birth If you do not provide this information, your refund will be delayed. If you owe tax, your payment may not be processed and you may have to pay a penalty for late payment. If a paid preparer completed your return, include their Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). Although not required on the return, we also ask for: • A code number indicating a political party for the State Elections Campaign Fund if you want to designate a contribution • Your phone number in case we have questions about your return • Your paid preparer’s phone number Name and Address Area Use capital letters and black ink. Print your legal name, not a nickname. Enter only one address - your current home address or your post of­fi ce box. If your current address is a foreign address, mark an X in the Foreign Address box. If you are married and filing separate income tax returns, enter your spouse’s name and Social Security Number in the filing status area. Do not enter your spouse’s name or Social Security Number in the name and address area at the top of your return. Federal Filing Status Use the same filing status you used on your federal return to file your Minnesota return. Put an X in the box for your filing status. If you filed federal Form 1040-NR or 1040-NR-EZ and selected “Married nonresident alien” for your filing status, put an X in the box for “Married Filing Separately” on your Minnesota return. Dependents Enter dependent information on the lines provided. Use the same information that you provided when completing federal Form 1040. If you have more than three dependents, provide a separate statement with their name, social security number, and their relationship to you. State Elections Campaign Fund If you want $5 to go to help candidates for state office pay campaign expenses, enter the code number for your chosen party. If you choose the general campaign fund, the $5 will be distributed among candidates of all major parties listed. If you are filing a joint return, your spouse may also designate a party. Designating $5 will not reduce your refund or increase your tax owed. Important Tips • Round the dollar amounts to the nearest dollar. For example: 129.49 becomes 129, and 129.50 becomes 130. • Leave lines and unused boxes blank if they do not apply to you or if the amount is zero. • If your federal taxable income on line D, or the amounts on lines 1, 3, or 13b are less than zero, put an X in the box provided next to the line. Do not use parentheses or a minus sign to indicate a negative amount. • Do not write extra numbers, symbols, or notes on your return, such as cents, dashes, decimal points, or dollar signs. Do not put a slash through the “0” (Ø) or “7” (7) or any other numbers. • Enclose any explanations on a separate sheet unless you are instructed to write them on your return. • Do not staple or tape any enclosures to your return. If you want to ensure your papers stay together, use a paperclip. Sign and Date your Return An unsigned paper return is not considered valid. If you are married and filing a joint return, both spouses must sign. You may be subject to interest and penalties if you do not sign. If you paid someone to prepare your return, that person must also sign and provide their federal Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). 8 Filing Instructions When do I file and pay? Your 2020 Minnesota income tax return should be electronically filed, postmarked, or dropped off by April 15, 2021. Your tax payment is due in full by April 15, 2021, even if you file your return later. If you file your tax return according to a fiscal year, your tax payment and return are due the 15th day of the fourth month after the end of your fiscal year. How do I pay my tax if I file after April 15? Estimate your total tax and pay the amount you owe electronically or by credit or debit card. If you pay by check, you must send your tax payment with a completed voucher from our website. You may avoid a late payment penalty and interest by paying your tax by April 15. To avoid a late filing penalty, file your return by October 15, 2021. See page 19 for payment options. Do I have to file electronically? No. If you do not want your preparer to file your return electronically, check the appropriate box at the bottom of the return. Where do I file paper returns? If you are filing a paper return, read page 8. If you do not follow the instructions on that page, your return and refund will be delayed. Send your Minnesota income tax return, including all completed Minnesota schedules, and your federal return and schedules in the printed envelope included in this booklet. If you do not have the printed envelope, mail your forms to: Minnesota Department of Revenue Mail Station 0010 600 N. Robert St. St. Paul, MN 55145-0010 What do I include when I mail my return? Include your Form M1, all the Minnesota schedules you are required to complete, and a complete copy of your 2020 federal return and all schedules. If you do not enclose the required documentation, we may send your return back to you. Make copies of all your forms and schedules. Keep tax returns and schedules at least through 2024, and keep Forms W-2 indefinitely. We charge a fee for copies of returns filed with us. If you claimed the Child and Dependent Care Credit, the K-12 Education Credit or Subtraction, or Minnesota itemized deductions, keep your original receipts and all other documentation to prove your qualifying expenses. How do I avoid common errors? • • • • Enter your name and your dependents’ names as they appear on Social Security cards. Double-check bank routing and account numbers used on tax forms. Complete each form and carry totals to the correct lines. If you electronically file, the calculations are done for you. File your return by April 15, 2021, even if you owe more than you can pay. Pay as much as you can by the due date, and continue to make payments until we contact you. At that point, we can help you set up a payment plan for the remaining balance. • If you owe, make your payment electronically and pick when you want the payment submitted. For more information about making your payment electronically, visit our website. • If you are paper filing with a new address, be sure to place an X in the New Address box in the header. If you move after filing, contact us right away. You should do this even when requesting a direct deposit. • Do not staple or tape anything to your return. Use a paperclip. How is my information used? The information you provide on your tax return is private under state law. We use this information to determine your liability under Minnesota tax laws and for other tax administration purposes. We cannot give this information to others without your consent, except certain other government entities may have access to this information, if allowed by law. For details about how we use your information, including a list of the entities we may share it with, go to www.revenue.state.mn.us and type Use of Infor­mation into the Search box. 9 Line Instructions Federal Return Information Line A—Federal Wages, Salaries, Tips, etc. Reminders • If a line does not apply to you or the amount is zero, leave it blank • Round dollar amounts to the nearest whole dollar • Include any schedules you use to complete your return when you file Enter wages, salaries, tips, commissions, bonuses, etc. you received in 2020. If you filed federal Form 1040, enter the amount from: • Line 1 of Form 1040 and 1040-SR • Line 1 of Form 1040-NR • Line 3 of Form 1040-NR-EZ Line B—Taxable IRA Distributions, Pensions, and Annuities Enter the total taxable IRA distributions, pensions, and annuities you received in 2020. Add the amounts on: • Lines 4b and 5b of Form 1040, 1040-SR, or 1040-NR Line C—Unemployment Compensation Enter the unemployment compensation you received in 2020 from: • Line 7 of Schedule 1 if you filed Form 1040, 1040-SR, or 1040-NR Line D—Federal Taxable Income Enter your 2020 federal taxable income from: • Line 15 of Form 1040, 1040-SR, or 1040-NR • Line 14 of Form 1040-NR-EZ If your federal taxable income is less than zero, put an X in the box next to Line D to indicate it is a negative number. Minnesota Income Line 1—Federal Adjusted Gross Income Enter your 2020 federal adjusted gross income from: • Line 11 of Form 1040 or 1040-SR, or 1040-NR • Line 10 of Form 1040-NR-EZ If your federal adjusted gross income is less than zero, enter the actual number and place an X in the box next to line 1. If you did not file a 2020 federal return, use a federal return and instructions to determine what your federal adjusted gross income would have been. Line 2—Additions to income from line 17 of Schedule M1M Complete Schedule M1M, Income Additions and Subtractions, if any of these apply. If, in 2020, you: • Received interest from municipal bonds of another state or its governmental units • Received federally tax-exempt interest dividends from a mutual fund investing in bonds of another state or its local governmental units • Claimed federal bonus depreciation on your federal return • Had state income tax passed through to you as partner of a partnership, shareholder of an S corporation, or beneficiary of a trust • Deducted expenses or interest on your federal Form 1040 that are attributable to income not taxed by Minnesota • Deducted foreign-derived intangible income under section 250 of the Internal Revenue Code • Claimed a suspended loss from 2001 through 2005 or 2008 through 2019 from bonus depreciation on your federal return • Received a capital gain from a lump-sum distribution from a qualified retirement plan • Elected in 2008 or 2009 a 3-, 4-, or 5-year net operating loss carryback under the federal Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 • Withdrew funds from a first-time homebuyer savings account for a nonqualified expense • Accelerated recognition of certain nonresident installment sales • Used distributions from a higher education savings account to pay for K-12 tuition You may have received this income as an individual, partner of a partnership, shareholder of an S corporation, or beneficiary of a trust. 10 Line Instructions (cont.) Minnesota Subtractions Line 4— Itemized Deductions or Standard Deductions You may claim the Minnesota standard deduction or itemize your deductions on your Minnesota return. You will generally pay less Minnesota income tax if you take the larger of your itemized or standard deduction. If you are married and filing separate returns, you may not claim the standard deduction if your spouse claimed itemized deductions. If you are a nonresident alien, you may only claim the standard deduction if allowed by a U.S. income tax treaty. Itemized Deductions Complete and file Schedule M1SA, Minnesota Itemized Deductions to claim itemized deductions. Standard Deduction Use the table below to determine your Minnesota standard deduction. You are considered age 65 or older if you were born before January 2, 1956. You are considered blind if you were totally blind as of December 31, 2020, or you have a statement certified by your eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist) that you cannot see better than 20/200 in your better eye with glasses or contact lenses, or your field of vision is 20 degrees or less. If your eye condition is not likely to improve beyond the conditions above, you can get a statement certified by your eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist) to this effect instead. Keep the statement for your records. Standard Deduction Table for Line 4 Check the boxes that apply to you and your spouse. If you are a dependent, see the Worksheet for Line 4 — Dependent Standard Deduction. If you are married and filing a separate return, check boxes for your status only, unless your spouse has no gross income and cannot be claimed as a dependent by another person. You: 65 or older blind Your Spouse: If your filing status is: Single Married filing joint or qualified widow(er): Married filing separately Head of Household 65 or older blind And the number of boxes you checked is: 0 1 2 0 1 2 3 4 0 1 2 3 4 0 1 2 Not allowed Enter on line 4 $ 12,400 14,050 15,700 24,800 26,100 27,400 28,700 30,000 12,400 13,700 15,000 16,300 17,600 18,650 20,300 21,950 See note* Married filing separately, if your spouse claims itemized deductions, and nonresident aliens: *If you are married and filing separate returns, you may not claim the standard deduction if your spouse itemizes deductions. If you are a nonresident alien, you may claim the standard deduction only if allowed by U.S. income tax treaty. 11 Line Instructions (cont.) Dependents: If another person may claim you as a dependent on their return, your standard deduction is based on your earned income. Use the Worksheet for Line 4 — Dependent Standard Deduction to determine your standard deduction. Your standard deduction cannot exceed the standard deduction for your filing status and situation. If your Minnesota adjusted gross income on line 1 of Form M1 or Line 34 of Schedule M1NC is greater than $197,850 ( $98,925 if Married Filing Separately), you must complete the Worksheet for Line 4 — Standard Deduction Limitation. Use your standard deduction amount from the Standard Deduction Table for Line 4 or the Worksheet for Line 4 — Dependent Standard Deduction on step 5 of the worksheet. Worksheet for Line 4 — Dependent Standard Deduction Use this worksheet to determine your standard deduction only if someone can claim you, or your spouse if filing a joint return, as a dependent. 1 Is your earned income* more than $750? Yes. Add $350 to your earned income and enter on step 1 No. Enter $1,100 on step 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Enter $12,400 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Check the boxes that apply and enter the total number of boxes checked on step 3 You were born before January 2, 1956 You are blind Your spouse was born before January 2, 1956 Your spouse is blind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Multiply the number of boxes checked in Step 3 by $1650 ($1300 if married filing a joint return) . . . . . . . . 5 Add Steps 2 and 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Enter the lesser of Step 1 and Step 5. This is your standard deduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . *Earned income includes wages, salaries, tips, professional fees, and other compensation received for personal services you performed. It also includes any taxable scholarship or fellowship grant. Generally, your earned income is the total of the amounts reported on Form 1040 or 1040-SR, line 1, and lines 3 and 6 of federal Schedule 1 minus line 14 of Schedule 1. Worksheet for Line 4 — Standard Deduction Limitation If you are allowed to claim the standard deduction and your adjusted gross income is greater than $197,850 ($98,925 if Married Filing Separately), complete this worksheet to determine your standard deduction amount. 1 Enter the amount from line 1 of Form M1 or line 34 of Schedule M1NC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Enter $197,850 ( $98,925 if married and filing a separate return) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Subtract step 2 from step 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Multiply step 3 by 3% (.03) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Use the Standard Deduction table for Line 4 or Step 6 of the Worksheet for Line 4 — Dependent Standard Deduction (above) to determine the amount for step 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Multiply step 5 by 80% (.80) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Subtract step 6 from step 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Enter the smaller of step 4 or step 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Subtract step 8 from step 5. Enter the result here and on line 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Line Instructions (cont.) Line 5—Exemptions If you are not a dependent, you may reduce your taxable income by claiming exemptions you qualify for. Determine your subtraction using the Worksheet for Line 5. Worksheet for Line 5 — Dependent Exemptions If you are a dependent, leave line 5 of Form M1 blank and do not complete this worksheet. 1 Enter the number of dependents you claimed on your federal income tax return. If you did not file a federal income tax return, review the instructions for federal Form 1040 or 1040-NR to determine the number of people you may claim as a dependent. You may not claim anyone as a dependent if another individual claimed them as a dependent on their federal or Minnesota income tax return . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Enter $4,300 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,300 3 Multiply step 1 by step 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Enter the amount from line 1 of Form M1 or line 34 of Schedule M1NC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Enter the amount that matches your filing status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widow(er): $296,750 Single: $197,850 Head of Household: $247,300 Married Filing Separately: $148,375 6 Compare the amounts on steps 4 and 5. If step 5 is more than step 4, enter the amount from step 3 on line 5 of Form M1 and STOP HERE. If step 4 is more than step 5, subtract step 5 from step 4 . . . . . . . . . . 7 If step 6 is more than $122,500 ($61,250 for Married Filing Separately), enter 0 on line 5 of Form M1 and STOP HERE. If step 6 is less than or equal to $122,500 ($61,250 for Married Filing Separately), divide step 6 by $2,500 ($1,250 if your filing status is Married Filing Separately) and round up to the next whole number (Example: .0004 to 1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Multiply step 7 by 2% (.02). Enter the result as a decimal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Multiply step 3 by step 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Subtract step 9 from step 3. Enter the result on line 5 of Form M1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Line 6—State Income Tax Refund Enter your state income tax refund from line 1 of federal Schedule 1. Do not enter an amount on line 6 if you did not file a federal return or did not include an amount on line 1 of federal Schedule 1. Line 7—Other Subtractions from line 47 of Schedule M1M Complete Schedule M1M, Income Additions and Subtractions, if any of these apply. If, in 2020, you: • Received interest from a federal government source • Purchased educational material or services for your qualifying child’s K–12 education • Did not file Schedule M1SA and your charitable contributions were more than $500 • Reported bonus depreciation as an addition to income in a year 2015 through 2019 or received a federal bonus depreciation subtraction in 2020 from an estate or trust • Reported federal section 179 expensing as an addition to income in a year 2015 through 2019 • Were born before January 2, 1956, or are permanently and totally disabled and you received federally taxable disability income, and you qualify to complete Schedule M1R under the limits below. If you are: And your income* is less than: And your Railroad Ret. Board benefits and nontaxable Social Security are less than: Filing Single, Head of Household, or Qualifying Widow(er) and are 65 or older or disabled $33,700 $ 9,600 Married, filing a joint return, and both spouses are 65 or older or disabled $42,000 $12,000 Married, filing a joint return, and one spouse is 65 or older or disabled $38,500 $12,000 Married, filing a separate return, lived apart from your spouse for all of 2020, and are 65 or older or disabled $21,000 $ 6,000 * Your income for claiming this subtraction is the amount from line 1 of Form M1 plus any lump-sum distributions reported on federal Form 4972, less any taxable Railroad Retirement Board benefits (see instructions for line 9 of Schedule M1R). • Received benefits from the Railroad Retirement Board, such as unemployment, sick pay, or retirement benefits • Were a resident of Michigan or North Dakota and you received wages covered by reciprocity from which Minnesota income tax was withheld (see page 7) • Worked and lived on the Indian reservation of which you are an enrolled member 13 Line Instructions (cont.) • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Received federal active duty military pay while a Minnesota resident Are a member of the Minnesota National Guard or Reserves who received pay for training or certain types of active service Received active duty military pay while a resident of another state and you are required to file a Minnesota return You, your spouse (if filing a joint return), or your dependent donated all or part of a liver, pancreas, kidney, intestine, lung, or bone marrow (while living) to another person Paid income taxes to a subnational level of a foreign country (equivalent of a state of the United States) other than Canada Received a military pension or other military retirement pay Were insolvent and received a gain from the sale of your farm property that is included in line 11 of federal Form 1040 Received a post service education award for service in an AmeriCorps National Service program Had a net operating loss from 2008 or 2009 under the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 and are claiming the Minnesota subtraction you are carrying forward for Minnesota purposes Reported a prior year addback for reacquisition of business indebtedness income Had railroad maintenance expenses not allowed as a federal deduction Contributed to a qualified Section 529 Plan and did not claim a credit for these contributions (see Schedule M1529) Received Social Security benefits in 2020 and included some of those benefits on line 6b of federal Form 1040 or 1040-SR Earned interest or dividends on a designated first-time homebuyer savings account (see Schedule M1HOME) Reported a discharge of indebtedness of educational loans on completion of an income-driven repayment program Had income from the sale of partnership interest after claiming accelerated recognition in a prior year Recognized deferred foreign income under section 965 of the Internal Revenue Code Included global intangible low-taxed income in gross income under section 951A of the Internal Revenue Code Tax Before Credits Line 10—Tax From Table Turn to the tax table on pages 28 through 34. Using the amount on line 9, find the tax amount in the column under your filing status. Enter the amount of tax from the table on line 10. Line 11—Alternative Minimum Tax (Schedule M1MT) If you had to pay federal alternative minimum tax when you filed your federal Form 1040, 1040-SR, or 1040-NR, you must complete Schedule M1MT, Alternative Minimum Tax, to determine if you must pay Minnesota alternative minimum tax. You may be required to pay Minnesota alternative minimum tax even if you were not subject to federal alternative minimum tax. Before you complete Schedule M1MT, you must complete Part 1 of federal Form 6251 for Minnesota purposes. Line 13 —Part-Year Residents and Nonresidents (Schedule M1NR) Your tax is determined by the percentage of your income that is assignable to Minnesota. Complete Schedule M1NR, Nonresidents/ Part-Year Residents, to determine your Minnesota tax. See page 6 to determine if you were a resident, part-year resident, or nonresident. If you complete Schedule M1NR, enter the amounts from lines 28 and 29 of Schedule M1NR on lines 13a and 13b of your Form M1. Include Schedule M1NR when you file Form M1. Line 14— Other Minnesota Taxes You may be required to pay an additional Minnesota tax if you: • Received a lump-sum distribution from a certain qualified plan and filed federal Form 4972 • Withdrew funds from a first-time homebuyer savings account, and did not use the funds for qualified expenses • Filed Schedule M1529, Education Savings Account Contribution Credit or Subtraction, in a prior tax year, and and funds were withdrawn from the account and not used for qualified expenses If you are required to pay one or more of these taxes, complete and file the applicable schedule or schedules. Tax on Lump-Sum Distribution (Schedule M1LS) You must file Schedule M1LS, Tax on Lump-Sum Distribution, if all of these apply: • You received a lump-sum distribution from a pension, profit-sharing, or stock bonus plan in 2020 • You were a Minnesota resident when you received any portion of the lump-sum distribution • You filed federal Form 4972 If you complete Schedule M1LS, include the schedule and Form 4972 when you file your Form M1. 14 Line Instructions (cont.) First-Time HomeBuyer Recapture Tax Complete Schedule M1HOME, First-Time Homebuyer Savings Account, if you withdrew funds from a savings account designated as a first-time homebuyer account and funds were not used for qualified expenses. Qualified expenses include the down payment, closing costs, costs of construction, or financing the construction of a single-family residence. Education Savings Account Credit or Subtraction Recapture Tax File Schedule M1529, Education Savings Account Contribution Credit or Subtraction, to determine your recapture tax if: • You filed Schedule M1529 claiming a credit or subtraction in a prior year • Funds were withdrawn from that education savings account and not used for qualified expenses See Schedule M1529 to determine which expenses do not qualify for Minnesota purposes. Credits Against Tax Line 16—Nonrefundable Credits (Schedule M1C) Complete Schedule M1C, Other Nonrefundable Credits, if any of these apply. If, in 2020: • You are filing a joint return and have taxable earned income, pension, or Social Security income • You paid premiums on a qualified long-term care insurance policy • You were a Minnesota resident for all or part of 2020 and paid income tax to both Minnesota and another state on the same income • You qualify for the Credit for Past Military Service • You purchased transit passes to resell or give to your employees • You paid Minnesota alternative minimum tax in prior years and are not required to pay it in 2020 • You invested in a qualified business in East Grand Forks, Breckenridge, Dilworth, Moorhead, or Ortonville, and the business has been certified as qualified for the SEED Capital Investment Program • You contributed to a qualified education savings account in 2020 and did not claim the Education Savings Account Subtraction • You were a licensed teacher who completed a qualifying master’s degree program you began after June 30, 2017 • You were a full-year or part-year resident and made eligible loan payments on your own qualified student loans • You received a credit certificate from the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority Report the total of all credits from Schedule M1C on line 16 of Form M1. Include any schedules you completed when filing your return. Line 18—Nongame Wildlife Fund You can help preserve Minnesota’s nongame wildlife, such as bald eagles and loons, by donating to the Nongame Wildlife Fund. To donate, enter the amount on line 18. This amount will decrease your refund or increase the amount you owe. To make a contribution to the fund, go to www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/nongame/checkoff.html or send a check payable to: DNR Nongame Wildlife Fund 500 Lafayette Road Box 25 St. Paul, MN 55155 Total Payments Line 20—Minnesota Income Tax Withheld (Schedule M1W) If you received Forms W-2, 1099, or W-2G, or Schedules KPI, KS, or KF showing Minnesota income tax withheld for 2020, you must complete Schedule M1W, Minnesota Income Tax Withheld. Include Schedule M1W when you file Form M1. If you do not include this schedule, we may disallow your withholding amount. Do not send in your Forms W-2, 1099, or W-2G. Keep these forms with your records, as we may ask to review them. Line 21—Minnesota Estimated Tax and Extension Payments You may include only three types of payments on line 21: • Your total 2020 Minnesota estimated tax payments made in 2020 and 2021 • The portion of your 2019 Minnesota income tax refund designated on your 2019 Minnesota income tax return to be applied to 2020 estimated tax • Any state income tax payment made by the regular due date when you are filing after the due date Contact us if you are uncertain of these amounts. 1515 Line Instructions (cont.) Refundable Credits These credits may help you get a refund even if you do not have a tax liability. Married persons filing separate returns generally cannot claim these credits. Line 22—Refundable Credits (Schedule M1REF) Complete Schedule M1REF, Refundable Credits, if you qualify for any of these credits: • Child and Dependent Care Credit • Minnesota Working Family Credit • K-12 Education Credit • Refundable Credit for Tax Paid to Wisconsin • Credit for Parents of Stillborn Children • Credit for Historic Structure Rehabilitation (Certified by the State Historic Preservation Office) • Enterprise Zone Credit (Certified by the Department of Employment and Economic Development) If you qualify for one or more of these credits, include the appropriate credit schedules and Schedule M1REF with your Form M1. Child and Dependent Care Credit (Schedule M1CD) To qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit, your federal adjusted gross income must be less than $65,100 with one qualifying person or less than $77,100 with two or more qualifying persons, and one of the following must apply: • You paid someone (other than your dependent child or stepchild younger than age 19) to care for a qualifying person while you (and your spouse if filing a joint return) were working or looking for work. A qualifying person and qualifying expenses are the same as for the federal credit for child and dependent care expenses. • You operated a licensed family daycare home caring for your own dependent child who had not reached age 6 by the end of the year. • You are married and filing a joint return, had a child born in 2020, and neither you nor your spouse participated in a pretax dependent care assistance program. If you qualify, complete Schedule M1CD, Child and Dependent Care Credit, and Schedule M1REF and include these schedules with your Minnesota income tax return. Enter the number of qualifying persons on line 1a of Schedule M1REF. Minnesota Working Family Credit (Schedule M1WFC) You may qualify for the Minnesota Working Family Credit if you earned income from a job or were self-employed. See the requirements on Schedule M1WFC, Working Family Credit. Use the instructions for Schedule M1WFC and the table on pages 23 through 27 to determine your Minnesota credit. Part-year residents may qualify for this credit based on the percentage of income taxable to Minnesota. If you qualify for the credit, complete Schedule M1WFC and Schedule M1REF and include these schedules with your Form M1. Enter the number of your qualifying children on line 2a of Schedule M1REF. Credit for Parents of Stillborn Children (Schedule M1PSC) You may qualify for the Credit for Parents of Stillborn Children if, in 2020, you: • Experienced a stillbirth • Received a Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Vital Records • Would have claimed the child as a dependent if the child had been born alive Enter the document control number and state file number from the Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth you received from the Minnesota Department of Health. The state file number is the number printed in the upper right area inside the margin of the Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth. The document control number is the number printed in the lower left corner under the barcode on the Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth. If you qualify for the credit, complete Schedule M1PSC, Credit for Parents of Stillborn Children, and Schedule M1REF and include both with your Form M1. Credit for Taxes Paid to Wisconsin (Schedule M1RCR) You may be eligible for a refundable credit for income tax paid to Wisconsin if both of the following are true: • You were domiciled in Minnesota for all or part of 2020 • You incurred 2020 income tax for Minnesota and for Wisconsin on the same income earned for professional or personal services performed while a Minnesota resident Use Schedule M1RCR, Credit for Tax Paid to Wisconsin, and include it with your Form M1. 16 Line Instructions (cont.) K–12 Education Credit (Schedule M1ED) You may receive a credit if you paid education-related expenses in 2020 for a qualifying child in grades kindergarten through 12 (K–12). To qualify, your “household income” (federal adjusted gross income plus most nontaxable income) must be under the limit based on your number of qualifying children in grades K-12. A qualifying child is the same as for the federal earned income credit. Total qualifying children Your household income limit is: 1 or 2 $37,500 3 $39,500 4 $41,500 5 $43,500 6 or more $43,500 plus $2,000 for each additional qualifying child If you qualify for the credit, complete Schedules M1ED, K-12 Education Credit, and M1REF and include them with your Form M1. If you have any of the following types of expenses, include them on the lines indicated. Credit Subtraction Include only as a subtraction on line 19 of Schedule M1M: • Private school tuition • Tuition for college courses used to satisfy high school graduation requirements X Include on line 7 of Schedule M1ED or line 19 of Schedule M1M: • Fees for after-school enrichment programs, such as science exploration and study habits courses (by qualified instructor*) • Tuition for summer camps that are primarily academic in focus, such as language or fine arts camps • Instructor fees for driver’s education course if the school offers a class as part of the curriculum X X X X X X Include on line 8 of Schedule M1ED or line 19 of Schedule M1M: • Tutoring* • Music lessons* X X X X Include on line 9 of Schedule M1ED or line 19 of Schedule M1M: Purchases of required educational material (textbooks, paper, pencils, notebooks, rulers, etc.) for X use during the regular public, private, or home school day X Include on line 10 of Schedule M1ED or line 19 of Schedule M1M: Purchase or rental of musical instruments used during the regular school day X X Include on line 11 of Schedule M1ED or line 19 of Schedule M1M: Fees paid to others for transportation to and from school or field trips during the regular school day, if the school is in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin X X Include on line 14 of Schedule M1ED or line 19 of Schedule M1M: Home computer hardware and educational software You may use up to $200 to qualify for the credit and another $200 for the subtraction. X X X *A qualified instructor is a person who is not the child’s sibling, parent, or grandparent, and meets one of these requirements: • Is a Minnesota licensed teacher or is directly supervised by a Minnesota licensed teacher • Has passed a teacher competency test • Teaches in an accredited private school • Has a baccalaureate (B.A.) degree • Is a member of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association Expenses That Do Not Qualify for Either the K-12 Education Credit or Subtraction • • • • • • • • • • Costs to drive your child to and from school, tutoring, enrichment programs, or camps not part of the regular school day Travel expenses, lodging, and meals for overnight class trips Fees for materials and textbooks purchased for use in religious teachings Sport camps or lessons Books and materials used for tutoring, enrichment programs, academic camps, or after-school activities Tuition and expenses for preschool or post-high school classes Costs of school lunches Costs of uniforms used for school, band, or sports Monthly internet fees Noneducational software 17 Line Instructions (cont.) Refund or Amount Due Line 24—Your Refund If line 23 is more than line 19, subtract line 19 from line 23, then subtract the amount, if any, on line 27. This is your 2020 Minnesota income tax refund. If the result is zero, you must still file your return. Of the amount on line 24, you can: • Have the entire refund deposited directly into a checking or savings account (see the line 25 instructions). • Receive the entire refund in the mail as a paper check (skip lines 25, 26, 28, and 29). • Apply all or a portion of your refund toward your 2020 estimated taxes. The remaining balance, if any, may be directly deposited into your checking or savings account, or mailed to you. We will deduct any amount you owe for Minnesota or federal debts, criminal fines, or a debt to a federal, state, or county agency, district court, qualifying hospital, or public library. If you participate in the Senior Citizens’ Property Tax Deferral Program, we will apply your refund to your deferred property tax total. We will use your Social Security Number to identify you as the correct debtor. If your debt is less than your refund, you’ll receive the difference. Generally, you must file your 2020 return no later than 3 1/2 years from the original due date or your right to receive the refund lapses. Line 25—Direct Deposit of Refund Direct deposit is the safest and easiest way to get your tax refund. If you want the refund on line 24 to be directly deposited into your checking or savings account, enter the requested information on line 25. You must use an account not associated with any foreign banks. The routing number must have nine digits.The account number may contain up to 17 digits (both numbers and letters). Leave out any hyphens, spaces, or symbols. If the routing or account number is incorrect or is not accepted by your financial institution, we will send your refund as a paper check. We may also issue your refund by check if we adjusted your return or recaptured part of your refund to pay a debt you owe. By completing line 25, you are authorizing us and your financial institution to initiate electronic credit entries and, if necessary, debit entries and adjustments for any credits made in error. Line 26—Amount You Owe If line 16 is more than line 19, you owe Minnesota income tax for 2020. Read the instructions for line 27 to determine if you must file Schedule M15, Underpayment of Estimated Income Tax. Subtract line 23 from line 19, and add the amount, if any, from line 27. Enter the result on line 26. This is the Minnesota income tax you must pay. Pay your tax using one of the methods described in Payment Options on page 19. If you are filing your return after April 15, 2021, you may owe a late payment penalty, a late filing penalty, and interest (see page 20). If you file a paper return and you include penalty and interest with your check payment, enclose a separate statement showing how you calculated the penalty and interest. Do not include penalties and interest on line 26. Line 27—Penalty for Underpayment of 2020 Estimated Tax (Schedule M15) You may owe a penalty if: • Line 19 is more than line 23 and the difference is $500 or more • You did not make a required estimated tax payment on time, even if you have a refund Complete Schedule M15 to determine if you owe a penalty. Enter the penalty, if any, on line 27 of Form M1. Also, subtract the penalty amount from line 24 or add it to line 26 of Form M1. Include Schedule M­15 with your return. To avoid this penalty next year, you may want to make larger 2021 estimated tax payments or ask your employer to increase your withholding. Lines 28 and 29—2021 Estimated Tax If you are paying 2021 estimated tax, you may apply all or part of your 2020 refund to your 2021 estimated tax. Once you choose to apply all or part of your 2020 refund to your 2021 estimated tax, it cannot be changed. On line 28, enter the portion of line 24 you want refunded to you. On line 29, enter the amount from line 24 you want applied to your 2021 estimated tax. The total of lines 28 and 29 must equal line 24. 18 Payment Options Electronically • Go to www.revenue.state.mn.us, and select Make a Payment under Individuals • Call 1-800-570-3329 to pay by phone Select Bank Account or Credit or Debit Card and follow the prompts to make your payment. You cannot use a foreign bank account. Save the confirmation number and date stamp from your payment. Debit or Credit Card We use a third-party vendor, Value Payment Systems LLC, to process credit and debit card payments. A fee is charged for this service. • To pay online, visit www.payMNtax.com • If you cannot pay online, call 1-855-947-2966 Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central time Check or Money Order Go to our website at www.revenue.state.mn.us and choose Make a Payment under Individuals. Then, select Check or Money Order. Use the Payment Voucher System to create a voucher. If you are filing a paper return, send the voucher and your check or money order separately from your return to ensure that we properly credit your payment to your account. Your check authorizes us to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account. You will not receive your canceled check. What if I cannot pay the full amount I owe by the due date? Pay as much as you can when you file your tax return. Then, make monthly payments using a payment voucher until you receive a bill. After you get the bill, you can request a payment agreement by calling 651-556-3003 or 1-800-657-3909 or at www.revenue.state.mn.us. There is a $50 nonrefundable fee to set up a payment agreement. For details about payment agreements, go to www.revenue.state.mn.us and type payment agreements into the Search box. Should I make estimated payments? Make estimated payments if any of the following apply: • You expect to owe $500 or more in Minnesota tax for 2021 • Minnesota tax was not withheld from your earnings • Your income includes pensions, commissions, dividends or other sources not subject to withholding To determine how much you owe, subtract your withholding and tax credits from the tax on your earnings. For details on how to estimate and pay your tax, visit our website and type estimated tax into the Search box. To make estimated payments electronically: • Go to www.revenue.state.mn.us, and choose Make a Payment under Individuals • Call 1-800-570-3329 to pay by phone You can schedule all four payments at one time. Do not use a foreign bank account. If you make estimated payments by check, send your payment with a payment voucher. Go to our website at www.revenue.state.mn.us and choose Make a Payment under Individuals. Then, choose Check or Money Order and use the Payment Voucher System to create a payment voucher. Send your voucher and check to the address provided on the voucher. You may print multiple vouchers
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