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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Cash for clunkers federal rebate exempt from state sales tax Posted on Jul 28

The new federal rebate program formally known as the "Car Allowance Rebate System" (CARS) or more popularly known as "Cash for Clunkers" offers qualified consumers a federal government rebate of either $3,500 or $4,500 on the purchase of a new car as long as the   …Continue Reading Cash for clunkers federal rebate exempt from state sales tax

Another point of view on Town Fair Tire Posted on Jul 23

To say there has been more heat than light generated in the ongoing news coverage of the Town Fair Tire sales tax case would be an understatement. This case, first argued before the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board and then, on appeal, before the Massachusetts Supreme   …Continue Reading Another point of view on Town Fair Tire

Please save the date – Regionalization Conference with Lt. Gov. Tim Murray Posted on Jul 17

Increasingly, many Massachusetts cities and towns are considering regionalizing functions of local government but are unsure of how to proceed. We are pleased to invite you to a conference designed to answer these questions, sponsored by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, MARPA, and the   …Continue Reading Please save the date – Regionalization Conference with Lt. Gov. Tim Murray

Effective dates for new tax rates on meals, sales, alcohol and rooms Posted on Jul 17

A new set of sales-related tax rates are set to take effect. Beginning August 1, the sales tax and the meals tax will increase from 5 percent to 6.25 percent. This new rate will also apply to the sale of automobiles. Also on August 1,   …Continue Reading Effective dates for new tax rates on meals, sales, alcohol and rooms

Know a teen starting a summer job? Posted on Jul 17

Know a teen starting a summer job?

Posted by: Edward Peters, Director, Publishing and Media Services, Department of Revenue             …then have them watch our new Teens 'n' Taxes video. It's the first video in a new series for teens that we hope will educate them about the tax system and their civic   …Continue Reading Know a teen starting a summer job?

Property Type Classification Codes Booklet Posted on Jul 2

A revised Property Type Classification Codes Booklet was released today.  The changes reflect Chapterland code revisions in Open Space and Chapter 61 and 61A categories as well as the deletion of Exempt Property codes that are currently included in the GASB 34 Codes.

New PowerPoint Presentation on Time Adjusting Sale Prices Posted on Jul 2

For most assessors it has been many years since the real estate market necessitated they consider whether or not Time Adjusting Sale Prices was important.  The Division of Local Services has created a PowerPoint presentation that demonstrates three generally acceptable methods of time trending in   …Continue Reading New PowerPoint Presentation on Time Adjusting Sale Prices

Newest edition of City & Town now available! Posted on Jul 1

 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 Releases   …Continue Reading Newest edition of City & Town now available!

Fiscal Year 2010 Cherry Sheets Posted on Jul 1

On June 29, 2009 Governor Patrick approved the FY2010 state budget (Chapter 27 of the Acts of 2009). The Division of Local Services has posted FY2010 cherry sheet estimates based on the appropriation levels appearing in the budget approved by the Governor. FY2010 cherry sheets are   …Continue Reading Fiscal Year 2010 Cherry Sheets