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Yearly Archives: 2009

From the Taxpayer Advocate: Tax free cigarettes can be more expensive in the long run Posted on Sep 8

Consumers are always on the lookout for a good deal, and that is no less true of those who smoke. With many name brands now retailing in excess of $7 per pack, the lure of "tax free cigarettes" advertised on line or in print publications   …Continue Reading From the Taxpayer Advocate: Tax free cigarettes can be more expensive in the long run

Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit worth nearly $1,000 in Tax Year 2009 for eligible homeowners and renters Posted on Sep 2

The Department of Revenue has just released the annual update of the state's real estate tax credit for certain persons age 65 and older. It's worth checking out because it could deliver a significant tax break worth close to $1,000 to many eligible homeowners and renters in   …Continue Reading Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit worth nearly $1,000 in Tax Year 2009 for eligible homeowners and renters

DOR’s new video: Lt. Governor Murray on tax breaks for disabled veterans Posted on Sep 1

DOR's new video: Lt. Governor Murray on tax breaks for disabled veterans

Posted by: Edward Peters, Director, Publishing and Media Services, Department of Revenue Lt. Governor Murray is a well-known advocate for Massachusetts veterans; that's why we were thrilled when he agreed to be in our latest video. It's a brief PSA alerting disabled vets that, under Massachusetts law,   …Continue Reading DOR’s new video: Lt. Governor Murray on tax breaks for disabled veterans

From the Taxpayer Advocate mailbag … saving money on out-of-state purchases of boats or motor vehicles Posted on Aug 24

Cash for clunkers may have ended, but a sales tax issue raised by this program will carry on. This particular issue involves Massachusetts residents who purchase motor vehicles or boats from out-of-state dealers, which is not all that uncommon. Please be advised that if you   …Continue Reading From the Taxpayer Advocate mailbag … saving money on out-of-state purchases of boats or motor vehicles

The 6.25% solution will solve this problem Posted on Aug 17

Some retailers, according to the Boston Globe, are wondering why they can't run ads saying they will pay the state sales tax. Well, as the Globe story pointed out, Chapter 64H, Section 23 of the Massachusetts General Laws expressly prohibits such advertising. The purpose of the law is   …Continue Reading The 6.25% solution will solve this problem

DOR works with AARP to train volunteer Tax-Aides Posted on Aug 10

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue is proud of its partnership with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the Federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to train AARP Tax-Aides. AARP Tax-Aide is the nation's largest, free tax assistance and preparation program. If you're looking for   …Continue Reading DOR works with AARP to train volunteer Tax-Aides

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