Several new state laws and taxes take effect July 1 in Minnesota. Here's what you should know.
CIGARETTE TAX: Minnesota's new $1.60 per pack cigarette tax increase went into effect Monday. The tax hike bumps the total taxes on a pack of cigarettes to $2.83.
ONLINE SALES TAX: Online retailers like Amazon, eBay and iTunes must now collect state sales tax on internet purchases, including music and video downloads.
TOP TIER TAX: The wealthiest two percent of Minnesotans will pay 2 percent more on some of their income. The new, top-tier tax affects the estimated 54,400 taxpayers who earn more than $250,000 annually as joint filers or $150,000 as a single filer.
ALCOHOL: Fee-based liquor tastings are now legal at licensed charitable, club or religious organization events. Previous tastings were limited to wine only.
Two other significant law changes are just around the corner, taking effect Aug. 1.
MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Starting Aug. 1, same-sex marriages will be legal in Minnesota. Marriage license applications were changed to read "first applicant" and "second applicant" instead of "bride" and "groom."
911 CALLS: Starting Aug. 1, fake 911 calls will carry stiffer penalties, up to felony charges if someone is seriously hurt while responding to a false emergency.