ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX47) -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has announced relief for businesses struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Thursday, the governor announced that the state's Department of Revenue has issued $67.8 million in relief payments to 3,891 eligible businesses in Minnesota.
According to a news release, the relief payments were part of a bipartian legislation which was passed to help restaurants, gyms, bars and bowling centers and more businesses impacted by the pandemic.
“This relief comes at a crucial time for our businesses who continue to make enormous sacrifices for the health and safety of Minnesotans,” Walz said in a news release. “This is a critical lifeline for those businesses and for the Minnesotans whose livelihoods depend on them.”
Walz said the department used sales tax filings to figure out which businesses were eligible for the relief payments. The checks were mailed to businesses, and the owners of the businesses can expect to receive them in the coming days.
According to the news release, direct payment requirements for businesses include:
- Being located in Minnesota
- Had at least $10,000 in taxable sales in 2019
- Filed Sales Tax returns in 2019 and 2020
- Experienced a 30% drop in year-over-year taxable sales for April-September periods
- Being categorized by the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance program as a restaurant, bar, gym, bowling center, or similar business
The news release added that businesses that did not receive a payment but believe they meet the criteria can contact the department.