How to Pay Your Minnesota State Taxes
There are many ways to pay your Minnesota state taxes, including by phone, by mail, online, and in person. Some payment processing methods come with fees, and some take longer to post to your account than others. Knowing which option best fits your needs can sometimes be confusing, but having all the facts before you make a payment can help make the process easier.
Paying your tax bill is quick and simple when you visit www.revenue.state.mn.us/make-payment and submit your payment information online. But making your tax payment online isn’t the only option for paying your tax bill. Here’s everything you need to know about paying the Minnesota taxes you owe.
How to Pay Minnesota State Taxes Online
The fastest way to make a Minnesota tax payment is to do so online. With a variety of online payment options, most taxpayers are likely to find an online option that works for them. Processing times for method methods can vary. So, you may decide one option is better than the others if you need a payment to post quickly. Additionally, payment options for business and individual tax accounts may differ.
Individual Minnesota taxes — Pay Online
Individual Minnesota taxpayers can use the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s individual e-Service Payment System to make a payment online using their bank account. When paying your MN taxes this way, you must use a US bank account. The system will not accept payments from international bank accounts.
Payments made directly from your bank account are typically processed within seven days. You should contact the Minnesota Department of Revenue if your payment is not processed within ten days.
Note: Other online payment options are available if you don’t want to use the e-Services portal. More on that below.
Minnesota Business Taxes — Pay Online
If you need to pay business taxes in Minnesota, you can sign up for a business e-Service account. Types of tax payments you can make using the e-Services portal include (but are not limited to) the following.
- Withholding and provider taxes
- S-Corporation taxes
- Sales and use taxes
Making a tax payment through the department’s e-Services portal is one of the easiest ways to pay your Minnesota tax bill, but businesses (and individuals) can make payments in other ways, too.
Make MN Tax Payments With a Credit Card
The Minnesota Department of Revenue accepts credit and debit payments, but fees are associated with these services. These fees are based on your payment amount.
- The credit card fee is 2.15% of your payment amount. (For example, you would pay a $43 fee on a $2,000 tax payment.)
- The debit card fee is 1.25% of your payment amount. (This means you would be charged a $25 fee if your tax payment is $2,000.)
All credit and debit card payments are processed using a third-party service. However, the payments are still made on the department’s website.
Pay Your Taxes With a Check or Money Order
To pay your Minnesota state taxes by check or money order, you must create a payment voucher for the Minnesota Department of Revenue. You can create one online through the Department of Revenue’s online services. Here’s what you’ll need to generate a voucher:
- Your taxpayer ID number
- Your mailing address
- The amount of your payment
The process for creating a payment voucher doesn’t take long, and you can print the voucher right from home or a library. Most libraries let you print tax forms for free.
Other Ways to Pay Your State Taxes
You can pay your Minnesota taxes in person if you choose to do so. This is a good option for taxpayers who need a payment posted immediately and for those who pay with cash. You can only make in-person payments at the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
The Department of Revenue is located at 600 N. Robert Street in St. Paul, Minnesota.
A bank wire transfer also allows for reduced payment processing time, and you don’t need to visit the department’s office to make the payment. Minnesota taxpayers should contact the department at (651) 556-3003 or toll-free at 1-800-657-3909 for information about how to initiate a wire transfer and to see what (if any) fees are involved.
Minnesota Estimated Tax Payments
If you're self-employed and don't qualify to make a small lump sum payment annually, you must pay estimated tax payments in Minnesota four times yearly. Here are the typical due dates:
- April 18
- June 15
- September 15
- January 15 (of the following tax year)
Businesses can make estimated tax payments by electronic funds transfer using the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s online services. Alternatively, taxpayers can pay in person or by check, money order, credit card, or debit card.
You can find specific instructions for making and calculating estimated tax payments on the state department’s estimated tax information webpage.
How to Find Out How Much Tax You Owe
In case you don’t know how much you owe the MN Department of Revenue, you’ll want to find out as soon as possible. The easiest way to access your account information, including how much tax you owe, is to create an e-Services account with the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
With an online account, you can communicate with the department if you have questions, pay your taxes owed, and more. You can register for an account online, by phone, or by mail. If registering by mail, you will need to wait for a temporary password to be sent to your address before completing your registration.
Consequences of Not Paying State Taxes in MN
Paying your Minnesota taxes late (or not at all) can result in costly consequences. Businesses in Minnesota face late payment penalties of up to 15%.
- Businesses may face a 5% penalty for payments made one day late.
- An additional 5% penalty may be imposed for each additional 30 days the payment is late (up to a maximum of 15%).
Note: The above only includes two of the most common late payment penalty fees. Other fees and higher penalties may be imposed in some cases. For example, repeat late payments may result in a penalty as high as 25%.
Late payments also accrue interest. The interest amount may change yearly. For 2023, the late payment interest rate is 5%.
What if You Can’t Pay Your State Taxes in MN?
Don’t ignore your Minnesota tax bill if you can’t make a payment. There may be options available to you, including a monthly payment agreement, an offer in compromise (settling for less than you owe), or a penalty abatement.
A Minnesota tax professional can help you determine which options are available to you and which best align with your or your business's needs. To get help now, use TaxCure to search for a tax professional in your location and helps with Minnesota DOR experience. Your unique search will allow you to find the best professional with the experience you need.