ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Last year, the Aitkin Lion's Club contributed nearly $53,000 from its charitable gaming operations to improve the community. But the funds raised for the community paled in comparison to the Lions' tax bill -- $110,790 to the state, more than twice the amount of money raised for its core mission. The Knights of Columbus Council 4147 in Albertville fared a bit better, paying just slightly more in taxes ($97,998) than it had for charitable contributions ($87,092). But to even reach that level, the Knights had to generate more than $2.4 million in gross receipts from its charitable gaming operations.
These scenarios are happening in charitable organizations throughout Minnesota. Increasingly, the high tax burden imposed on charitable gaming is overwhelming the ability of the organizations to do what they were created to accomplish–support their charitable missions.