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February 19, 2013
January 22, 2013
December 18, 2012
ü use the latest Gambling Control Board electronic schedules form found at http://www.gcb.state.mn.us/
ü save the electronic form as an excel document with the following file name format:
· organization license number-month-year
o example: 99999-07-2012
· include all five digits of your license number
· include the word “amended” at the end if submitting an amended return
o example: 99999-07-2012-amended
ü attach the correct month’s GCBreports file to your email
· send separate emails for each month’s GCBreports file or amended returns
ü enter the file name in your email’s subject line
o example: 99999-07-2012
ü send the email with the attachment to email@example.com
· email questions or comments separately to your compliance specialist
ü receive an email reply confirming your submission of your filing
December 17, 2012
December 13, 2012
November 28, 2012
November 27, 2012
The Gambling Control Board recently received an inquiry whether or not alcoholic beverages (wine, beer or intoxicating liquors) can be awarded as prizes using tipboards or paddlewheels with tickets (Meat Raffles).
This practice is not allowed unless the licensed lawful gambling organization possesses their own off sale liquor license. Instead an organization may award certificates as tipboard or paddlewheel prizes that winners may redeem for alcoholic beverages. These certificates must be purchased from an establishment with an off-sale liquor license and must be redeemed at the establishment from which it was purchased. They may be purchased from your site lessor if the cost is 50% or less than the redeemable cash value and there are no restrictions on its redemption, such as requiring a purchase of food or beverage of equal or greater value or redeemable for a specific item.
An exception is Minnesota Statute that allows alcoholic beverages to be awarded as prizes by nonprofit organizations for silent auctions and Raffles Only.
340A.707 AUCTION OR RAFFLE FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES.
Notwithstanding sections 340A.401, 340A.414, and 340A.505, a nonprofit organization conducting a silent auction, raffle, or other fund-raising event may conduct live, on premises auctions or raffles of wine, beer, or intoxicating liquors, provided that funds from the auction or raffle are dedicated to the charitable purposes of the nonprofit organization, such auctions or raffles are limited to not more than six occasions per year, and the alcohol may only be auctioned or raffled to persons who demonstrate that they are 21 years of age or older and do not show signs of obvious intoxication. Nothing in this section authorizes on-premises consumption of alcohol.
The possible confusion may be that many organizations use tipboards and paddlewheels with tickets that award meat packages as prizes and commonly refer to these events as “Meat Raffles”. They are not conventional raffles and the term “Meat Raffle” is a misnomer for this type of gambling.
The bottom line, licensed lawful gambling organizations that do not possess their own off-sale liquor license at the site, cannot award the actual alcoholic beverages as prizes when using tipboards or paddlewheels with tickets for their gambling events.
November 16, 2012
November 8, 2012 - Proposed Rules Changes.
November 8, 2012 - Update Electronic Pull-Tabs Handbook.
October 16, 2012
September 26, 2012
September 18, 2012
September 14, 2012 - Electronic Pull-Tabs
August 20, 2012
August 20, 2012 - Updated GCB Reports Instructions.
Please name the GCBreports file that you email to us as your five-digit license number followed by the two-digit month followed by the four-digit year. For example, a report for July from license number 99999 should be named as, “99999-07-2012”. This will help us transfer the data more quickly to our files.
Once the email is sent, you can rename the file that you save on your computer. For example, some people prefer to save the files with the year first and then the month. In this way, the files are listed in chronological order on their computers.
When submitting amended reports, please add the word “amended” to the subject of your email. For example, an amended report for July from license number 99999 would be, “99999-07-2012-amended”.
NO SCHEDULE C EXPENDITURES
If your organization did not make any Schedule C expenditures during the month, write “No expenditures” on the first line of the “Descriptions (purpose)” column.
“I DIDN’T RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION E-MAIL”
There are several reasons this may happen. Below are three causes that have come to our attention along with instructions on how to fix each problem.
1) Email address was entered incorrectly
Fix: Go to your email program’s “Sent Items” folder. Double-check the accuracy of the email address entered. The address should be firstname.lastname@example.org. If an error was made, send another email to the correct address.
2) Your email program put the confirmation into your Spam/Junk folder
Fix: Open your email program’s “Spam” or “Junk E-mail” folder. Then look through the list of emails received to determine whether you received an email from “Minnesota GCB”.
If the confirmation email did go into your Spam/Junk folder, add the following email address to your email “address book” or “contacts”: email@example.com
Future confirmations should then automatically go to your regular “inbox”.
3) Your email program simply won’t accept a confirmation email from the address firstname.lastname@example.org
Fix: This problem occurs more often for those using a company or governmental entity’s email account. Those accounts may be set up to not accept any automated responses as a safeguard against someone purposely trying to overwhelm and shut down their entire email system. If so, it’s recommended that you establish a new email account with a popular email provider such as Google or Yahoo. Then resend your GCBreports file to email@example.com. If you still don’t get a confirmation, check items #1 and #2 above.
August 7, 2012 - New GCB continuing education classes posted.
Information on continuing education classes offered until the end of the year is now available on our continuing education page. All Gambling Managers are required to take at least one continuing education course per calendar year.
Class dates, times and locations can be found here GCB Continuing Education Classes
August 6, 2012 - Revised GCB report file now available.
As a result of the considerable feedback received regarding rounding variances on the Schedule F, Lawful Gambling Fund Reconciliation, the form has been revised to automatically grant a profit carryover adjustment for variances of less than $2. If you've already filed your GCB Reports for July, there is no need to file again - although you may file again if you'd like.
A new version of GCBreports for organizations with six to ten active sites is now available for download.
Be sure to download the GCBreports file from this website each month. This will ensure that you're always using the most recent version.
Reports can be found here GCB Reports Schedule A, C, F
August 2, 2012 - Rounding variables acceptable on Schedule F.
With the implementation of the new tax forms for July 2012, you will likely show a rounding variance on line 30 of the Schedule F, Gambling Fund Reconciliation. While the Schedules A, C, and F allow cents to be entered, entries on the G1, Monthly Lawful Gambling Tax Return and other Department of Revenue schedules must be rounded to the nearest dollar. This will generate small variances. For example, rounding the closed game information on the Schedule B2 to the nearest whole dollar when the actual deposit for the game included cents will cause a Schedule F variance. These rounding variances are acceptable and do not need to be corrected. The variances should not be more than a few dollars each month.
As Gambling Control Board Compliance Specialists conduct their reviews, they will adjust the variances on line 28 of the Schedule F as necessary.
July/August/September 2012 Gaming News Available
July 16, 2012 - Gambling Control Board approves standards for electronic Pull-Tab and Linked Bingo games
The standards for the electronic pull-tab and electronic linked bingo have been approved at the Gambling Control Board meeting of July 16, 2012. Here is a link to the approved standards: E-Pull Tabs E-Bingo
July 10, 2012 - Revised standards for electronic pull-tab and linked bingo games
The proposed standards for the electronic pull-tab and electronic linked bingo have been revised based on the public comments received by the Board prior to July 3, 2012. The proposed standards will be presented at the July 16th , 2012 Board meeting for consideration. Here is a link to the proposed standards: E-Pull Tabs E-Bingo
July 9, 2012 - Reporting Distributor Tax Paid in July 2012
Because the pull-tab and tipboard tax paid to the distributor has been discontinued for games purchased on or after July 1, 2012, the new G1 tax form effective for July 2012 (due August 20) no longer includes a line for reporting this tax. However, you may have purchased pull-tab or tipboard games in June 2012, but not paid for them until July 2012. If so, report the distributor tax paid for these games on the July Schedule C. Code the entry A8 and in the "Description (Purpose)" column write "Distributor Tax."
July 3, 2012 - Lawful Gambling Manual revised July 2012.
[For information regarding electronic games, refer to the May
2012 updates below]
June 20, 2012 -
NOTICE REGARDING SPORTS-THEMED TIPBOARDS.
June 18, 2012
Proposed standards for electronic devices.
If you have any comments or questions
regarding the proposed standards, please submit them in
writing by July 2, 2012 to Bernice Caruth, Gambling Control Board, 1711 W County Road B -
Suite 300 South, Roseville, Minnesota 55113, or
email your comments.
The proposed standards will be considered at the next monthly board meeting on July 16, 2012.
Rounding: Organizations receiving their tax refunds for unsold tickets from the Department of Revenue have noticed that the cents have been rounded off on their check. Because the original refund request contained cents, while the check does not, a rounding variance is created on the Schedule F Gambling Fund Reconciliation form.
Don’t worry! A small Schedule F variance due to rounding is expected. Do not make an adjustment, but show the rounding as a variance on line 30 of the Schedule F.
With the implementation of the new tax forms for July 2012, other rounding variances may also occur. Schedules A, C, and F allow cents to be entered. However, entries on the G1 Monthly Lawful Gambling Tax Return and other Department of Revenue schedules are rounded to the nearest dollar. This will generate small variances. For example, rounding the closed game information on Schedule B2 to the nearest whole dollar when the actual deposit for the game included cents will cause a Schedule F variance. These rounding variances are acceptable and do not need to be corrected. The variances should not be more than a few dollars each month.
As Gambling Control Board compliance specialists conduct their reviews, they will adjust the variances on line 28 of the Schedule F as necessary.
As noted earlier, try to
pay for pull-tab and tipboard games purchased in June prior to June 30th.
you do pay for June games in July, report the distributor tax paid for these
games on the July Schedule C. Code the entry A8 and describe it as “Distributor
Tax”. We are changing over to a new tax calculation method in July and this
adjustment will only be required once.
June 11, 2012
June 1, 2012
May 29, 2012
May 25, 2012 - Frequently asked questions about 2012 legislation.
May 24, 2012 - Revised and updated LG215 Lease for Lawful Gambling Activity.
May 23, 2012 - Summary of legislative changes for 2012 updated - Page 14 for distributors and linked bingo game providers.
May 22, 2012
May 21, 2012
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