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It's been widely publicized that one new Minnesota law that takes effect Monday has smokers fuming: A new cigarette tax will raise the price of smokes by an extra $1.60 per pack.

But there are several other notable tax laws that also take effect Monday:

For one, online retailers will now be required to collect sales tax on digital purchases, such as music and video downloads, the Associated Press reports. The law is designed in part to level the playing field between online retailers and Main Street brick-and-mortar business, state Sen. Lyle Koenen told the Redwood Falls Gazette. “It’s a fairness issue,” Koenen told the newspaper.

Also, the wealthy will pay more tax on their take-home pay. The top 2 percent of salary earners will pay 2 percent more on their incomes.

Another change that starts Monday: Fee-based liquor tastings will now be legal at licensed charitable, club or religious organization events, whereas previously, only wine was allowed, FOX 9 notes.

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