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Minnesota considers removing viewing casket and cremation urn tax

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“I think it would be great to eliminate this tax.  For people, at the end of life, to have further tax put upon them seems to be too much for people who already spend their whole life being taxed”  Funeral Director John Kohl of Parker Kohl funeral home as quoted in reports that Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has proposed removing the state sales tax on viewing caskets and cremations urns.  Burial caskets aren’t taxed but rental caskets for viewings and urns are subject to a 6.875% sales tax.

Funeral Director Daily’s take: We agree with eliminating the tax. Charging a tax for the rental items when they are not for the burial items, considering that they are the same items, just doesn’t make sense.

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