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New management at Minnesota Deptartment of Revenue

The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced Jenny Starr has been promoted to Assistant Commissioner for Business Taxes and Paul Cumings has been promoted to Manager for Tax Policy.


Jenny Starr will oversee the department’s operations for corporate taxes, sales and use tax, property tax, other business taxes, and criminal investigations.  She begins her new position immediately.

Starr has been with the department since 2007. 

She is also an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law. Starr holds a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts. She is married with one child and lives in St. Paul.

Starr takes over for Keith Getschel, who left after more than 35 years with the department to become the Director of the Joint Audit Program at the Multistate Tax Commission.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the MTC works to support the state administration of tax laws that apply to multistate and multinational enterprises.


Paul Cumings will replace Starr as Manager of Tax Policy.  He will lead the department’s tax policy operations and manage the tax policy development process between the department and the legislature.  Cumings spent the last 3.5 years as the department’s legislative liaison. 

He begins his new position immediately.

Cumings joined the department as legislative liaison in 2011 after serving four years in the Minnesota House of Representatives as a committee legislative assistant and caucus researcher.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Augsburg College.