Minnesota Revenue Dept. Can't Duck Attys' Fees In Tax Fight

By Bryan Koenig (August 31, 2016, 7:02 PM EDT) -- Minnesota's Supreme Court found no abuse of discretion Wednesday in a Tax Court decision holding the state to thousands of dollars in attorneys' fees for an industrial equipment manufacturer that successfully challenged a tax assessment labeling its wares as real property subject to extra taxation.

The state high court found that Minnesota's Department of Revenue misread the case law in justifying the extra assessment against Dahmes Stainless Inc., leaving it without "substantial justification" for going after the manufacturer and thus leaving it open to the attorney's fees awarded.

According the ruling authored by Justice G. Barry Anderson, Dahmes had been paying...

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