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Yearly Archives: 2009

Seniors who volunteer can work off some of their property tax bills Posted on Oct 30

While the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit may offer homeowners over the age of 65 a substantial tax credit on state income tax, those 60 and over may benefit from a different type of program designed to help lessen the burden of local property tax payments. The program is known as the   …Continue Reading Seniors who volunteer can work off some of their property tax bills

The ins and outs of domicile Posted on Oct 28

As the weather turns colder, the sky grayer, and the heating bills higher, there are some folks who start thinking about moving to a warmer clime, such as Florida. Some of those same folks find Florida's tax climate favorable as well, given the absence of   …Continue Reading The ins and outs of domicile

Revenue picture bleak in virtually every state Posted on Oct 22

While all politics may indeed be local, all recessions are not. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-profit Washington D.C. budget and policy think tank that pays special attention to state finances, has just released a report on states' fiscal pictures and the portrait   …Continue Reading Revenue picture bleak in virtually every state

Believe it or not: Tax burden in Massachusetts is average, not Taxachusetts Posted on Oct 20

In its most recent listing of state/local tax burden, the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research group based in Washington D.C., estimated the average taxpayer in Massachusetts pays 9.5 percent of income in state and local taxes, which placed Massachusetts 23rd nationally, just below the   …Continue Reading Believe it or not: Tax burden in Massachusetts is average, not Taxachusetts

Pumpkins — unless tricked out for Halloween — are exempt from sales tax Posted on Oct 20

Here's a seasonal sales tax question: Does a consumer purchasing a pumpkin pay sales tax? The correct answer: iI the pumpkin is in its raw state (undressed, uncarved or otherwise unadorned), it is not taxable. It is considered a food item which could just as well wind   …Continue Reading Pumpkins — unless tricked out for Halloween — are exempt from sales tax

DOR estimates revenue shortfall between $400 million to $600 million Posted on Oct 9

At a hearing of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means yesterday (October 8, 2009), DOR Commissioner Navjeet Bal presented testimony on revenue collections for the first quarter of the current fiscal year, and data on projections for collections going forward. At the conclusion of her testimony,   …Continue Reading DOR estimates revenue shortfall between $400 million to $600 million

Tax Fraud Hotline Follow-up Posted on Oct 9

On an earlier blog, we discussed the Department's Tax Fraud Hotline and where to call if someone wished to report an incidence of tax fraud. A reader, "VN," asks if DOR has an e-mail address for fraud reports. The answer is that we don't. The   …Continue Reading Tax Fraud Hotline Follow-up

September tax collections below benchmark; sales tax collection up Posted on Oct 2

DOR today released the September revenue report, which showed overall tax collections coming in $243 million below the projected collection or what is commonly referred to as the benchmark collection. For the year-to-date, state tax collection is $212 million below benchmark. As a result, the Governor   …Continue Reading September tax collections below benchmark; sales tax collection up

Effort to collect back taxes takes new tack in Gloucester Posted on Sep 24

On September 15, the Department of Revenue seized property at 116 East Main Street in Gloucester. On average, DOR seizes about 80 properties every year for failure to pay delinquent taxes. But this Gloucester seizure was different. The property, the Catfish Grill Inc. doing business   …Continue Reading Effort to collect back taxes takes new tack in Gloucester

Tax fraud hotline open for business Posted on Sep 11

A citizen recently emailed that he was unable to find a phone number or hot line on our web site at which he could report an incidence of tax fraud. Turns out, DOR has had two such numbers for quite a few years, but they   …Continue Reading Tax fraud hotline open for business