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SWIFT Update (September 18, 2014)


Notice on New Local Taxes


The Minnesota Department of Revenue will be administering the following new sales and use tax effective October 1, 2014:

    •Douglas County 0.5% Transit Sales and Use Tax

The sales and use tax rate changes apply to sales made on or after October 1, 2014, and will be in addition to all other taxes in effect. Local sales tax applies to retail sales made and taxable services provided within the local taxing area (city limits). The tax applies to the same items that are taxable under the Minnesota sales and use tax law.

Orders entered in SWIFT on or after October 1, 2014, will calculate the new tax rates for each city. Existing orders and/or their vouchers will need to be adjusted to pay the correct tax if delivery occurs after various dates. Please note that the dates will be different based on whether goods or construction materials are being delivered. Check the tax notice for the affected city for the correct dates. For assistance in changing the sales tax on a PO, please consult the Quick Reference Guide for Sales Tax Settings on Purchase Order Documents.

Please see the Minnesota Department of Revenue tax notice for guidance in handling orders and payments during the transition period found at:

SWIFT will be updated with the new tax codes for all existing ship-to addresses located in the affected cities. New orders, created on or after Wednesday, October 1, 2014, will calculate the new rate of tax for the ship-to addresses within those cities. Existing orders may or may not need to have the tax code updated on the PO if payment can be processed during any allowed grace period(s), again, see the general notice for each city.

If any ship-to addresses for the affected cities previously used the tax code of 0000, State Tax only, to calculate the new combined rate of state and local tax, the tax code(s) on the PO must be updated to the new tax code(s) from the current 0000 tax code. Because of the various transition rules these codes will not be updated by SWIFT and must be updated by the PO buyer.

SWIFT Help Desk

Contact the SWIFT Help Desk for any questions, concerns or issues you have with SWIFT. 
651-201-8100, option 2; Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; closed holidays.
Additional reference information can be found on the SWIFT website

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