Finance Department


In coordination with the State of MN announcement extending the due date for February sales tax returns filed with the State due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Duluth will be extending the due date of February tourism tax returns that are due March 20th until April 20th. This extension applies to both lodging and food & beverage sales.

Tourism Tax returns for the month of February must be filed no later than April 20th. Penalties and interest will not be charged if the February tourism tax returns are filed and paid by April 20th. Returns that have already been filed will not be refunded.

Additional instructions regarding this announcement and updates will be posted on this website (  Monies received by the City from tourism tax returns is used by the City to support our tourism industry partners.



Starting October 1, 2019, the Duluth sales and use tax rate is increasing to 1.5 percent.  (The previous sales and use tax rate was 1.0 percent).  Minnesota Department of Revenue will administer this tax.

This 1.5 percent sales tax applies to retail sales made in Duluth.  The use tax applies to taxable items used in the City if the local sales tax was not paid.  For more information, please click here.


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The cost and demand for City services is a difficult challenge every year. Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) is a unique and innovative approach to match available resources with community priorities.   Your input is important in helping us to identify where your tax dollars should be spent.  Using the results from this game, the City intends to review future budget allocations based on which programs most directly and efficiently achieve the community’s priorities.

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