SWIFT Update December 31, 2020
New Transit Sales and Use Tax for Nobles County
Effective January 1, 2021, the Minnesota Department of Revenue will administer the Nobles County 0.5% transit sales and use tax.
Changes to the sales and use tax rate will apply to sales made on or after January 1, 2021 (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 (county/city limits). The tax applies to the same items that are taxable under the Minnesota sales and use tax law.
Purchase Orders entered prior to January 1, 2021
Agencies that enter purchase orders prior to the January 1, 2021 tax effective date will have the old rate calculated, and they will need to update their purchase orders.
Purchase Orders entered on or after January 1, 2021
Agencies that enter purchase orders on or after January 1, 2021 will calculate the new tax rates for each county/city. Existing purchase 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 purchase order, please consult the Update Sales Tax Settings on Purchase Orders Quick Reference Guide.
Impact of New Local Tax
Please see the Minnesota Department of Revenue tax notice for the appropriate city or county for guidance in handling purchase orders and payments during the transition period.
Impact on Accounts Payable
• If the Invoice Date is on or after the tax effective date, vouchers entered in SWIFT on or after the tax effective date will calculate the new tax rates for each county/city.
• If the Invoice Date is before the tax effective date, SWIFT will exclude the new tax rates.
Please review the tax calculation carefully prior to payment on all vouchers with Ship To locations within these jurisdictions.
Impact on Purchase Orders
SWIFT will be updated with the new tax codes for all existing Ship To addresses located in the affected cities.
• New purchase orders created on or after January 1, 2021 will calculate the new rate of tax for the ship to addresses within those counties/cities.
• Existing purchase orders may or may not need to have the tax code updated on the PO if the payment can be processed during any allowed grace period(s)—again, see the general notice for each county/city.
Previously, any Ship To addresses in affected cities may have used the tax code of 0000, State Tax only. To calculate the new combined rate, state and local tax rate, the tax code(s) on the purchase order must be updated to the new tax code(s) from the 0000 tax code. Because of the various transition rules, these codes will not be updated by SWIFT and must be updated by the purchase order buyer.
Help Desk Hot Topic
This Week's FAQ: Blocked Status on Reports
Question: I'm running a report in SWIFT but it shows a 'Blocked' status. What does this Blocked status mean?
Answer: Reports may run to a Blocked status when too many reports are run at the same time in SWIFT. If a report is Blocked, you will not need to rerun the report, because the reporting process is just waiting for resources to become available in SWIFT and will run at a later time.
SWIFT Training and Resources
The SWIFT training team is offering online training through webinars, one-on-one sessions, and video tutorials.
- Quick Reference Guides and Training Videos: Please check the Training and Support Resources page for the quick reference guides and training videos/ You will find reference guides covering all modules on SWIFT. We are adding new training videos in the most commonly used modules.
- Webinars: We are offering modified online versions of our classroom training. They are shorter and meant to provide basic demonstrations of the SWIFT modules. If you are newer to SWIFT, please consider taking the Introduction to SWIFT: Navigation webinar before enrolling in a module-specific webinar.
- One-On-One Sessions: If you would like one-on-one training on a SWIFT module not offered through a webinar, please email SWIFT.Project@state.mn.us to request a one-on-one session.
To find and enroll in SWIFT webinars, open the Self Service or Administrative Portal and select the ELM tile. On the Learning Management page, select Find Learning on the left menu. On the Find Learning page, enter “SWIFT” in the Description field and choose Search. Seats are available in the following webinars:
Introduction to SWIFT: Navigation
December 16, 2020
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Introduction to SWIFT: Reporting
December 23, 2020
9:30 am to 11:30 am
SWIFT Training Guides and Resources
You can find reference guides on all modules in SWIFT on the Training Guides and Resources page.
SWIFT Help Desk
Contact the SWIFT Help Desk for any questions, concerns or issues you have with SWIFT:
651-201-8100, option 2 or by email SWIFTHelpDesk.MMB@state.mn.us Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; closed holidays. When emailing the SWIFT Help Desk, be sure to include all details regarding the issue.
Information to include with your message:
- Issue Description
- Business Unit
- Module (Accounts Payable, Purchase Orders, etc.)
- Transaction ID (Voucher ID, PO ID, etc.)
- Error Message Print Screen
- Additional assistance can be found on the SWIFT Training Guide page.
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