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Monthly Archives: June 2009

Celebrate the 4th with a Tax-Free Star-Spangled Banner Posted on Jun 29

Celebrate the 4th with a Tax-Free Star-Spangled Banner

Posted by: Ellen Cummings, Website Editor, Publishing and Media Services, Department of Revenue Backyard barbecues, parades and fireworks — it wouldn't be the Fourth of July without them — and no celebration would be complete without an American flag, either. The neighborhood where I lived   …Continue Reading Celebrate the 4th with a Tax-Free Star-Spangled Banner

Fiscal Year 2010 Local Aid Proposals Posted on Jun 24

On June 19, 2009 the Legislature approved the Conference Committee's version of the FY2010 budget. The Division of Local Services has posted updated local aid estimates based on the Conference Committee budget recommendations to the Division of Local Services' web site. Please be advised that   …Continue Reading Fiscal Year 2010 Local Aid Proposals

Rules of the road on refund of sales tax Posted on Jun 22

A local news outlet recently contacted DOR with a question concerning the law governing refund of the sales tax on an item returned to a vendor or retailer. The law is pretty straightforward: Retailers must refund the sales tax within 90 days of purchase of   …Continue Reading Rules of the road on refund of sales tax

Fiscal Year 2010 values for Centrally Valued Utilities – Telephone, Telegraph & Pipeline Companies Posted on Jun 12

Local boards of assessors and all those interested can now check out the fiscal year 2010 pipeline company central valuations and new growth at the Division of Local Services’ website. These values can be found in the Local Assessment section entitled "Centrally Valued Utilities – Telephone   …Continue Reading Fiscal Year 2010 values for Centrally Valued Utilities – Telephone, Telegraph & Pipeline Companies

Field guide to the state taxation of alcoholic beverages Posted on Jun 11

  Right now, if you buy a glass of beer or wine or a mixed drink in a bar or restaurant, the sales tax on that purchase is 5 percent. A proposal to increase that tax to 6.25 percent is now in a legislative conference   …Continue Reading Field guide to the state taxation of alcoholic beverages

Meals tax collection holding up Posted on Jun 5

Eleven months into the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, it is apparent that consumers are buying less in retail stores and have slowed down their purchase of new cars, but they are still eating out. Year-to-date revenue collection numbers DOR released this week show that   …Continue Reading Meals tax collection holding up

Check Out our Filing Season Recap Video Posted on Jun 4

Check Out our Filing Season Recap Video

Posted by: Edward Peters, Director, Publishing and Media Services We know — no one really enjoys tax time, but we here at DOR really do appreciate the time you give in filing your income tax returns with us every year – hey, we have to   …Continue Reading Check Out our Filing Season Recap Video

Hearing on State Owned Land Proposed Valuations Posted on Jun 3

Pursuant to MGL ch. 58 sec. 14, a formal public hearing for 2009 State Owned Land Proposed Valuations will be held by the Department of Revenue’s Bureau of Local Assessment in Boston, Massachusetts at the Saltonstall Building, 100 Cambridge Street, 6th floor conference room, on June 4,   …Continue Reading Hearing on State Owned Land Proposed Valuations

Newest edition of City & Town now available! Posted on Jun 3

The Division of Local Services is pleased to announce the newest edition of City & Town  is now available on-line!   Please click here to subscribe to City and Town and other DLS Alerts. By subscribing to this mailing list you will receive Informational Guideline   …Continue Reading Newest edition of City & Town now available!