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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Vendor Takes Licking in Road Salt Procurement Case Posted on Jan 28

Written by James Crowley, Esq., Bureau of Municipal Finance Law   The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit ruled against a company which supplied road salt to the City of Boston in the winter of 2004-2005 and then disputed with the City over the amount   …Continue Reading Vendor Takes Licking in Road Salt Procurement Case

A Great New Reason to Make a Haiti Relief Donation Posted on Jan 27

A Great New Reason to Make a Haiti Relief Donation

Posted by: Edward Peters, Director, Publishing and Media Services, Department of Revenue   The IRS has just announced a new law that allows taxpayers to claim Haiti earthquake relief donations made this year on their current 2009 tax returns. Take a look at the IRS story.

A First Look at Local Option Meals Excise Adoptions Posted on Jan 25

By Lisa Juszkiewicz, Director of the Municipal Databank   A review of revenues for this new local option shows that the first month of collections, or October alone, totaled $2,774,514. A preliminary review of revenues in November shows an additional $2.6 million collected.   Of   …Continue Reading A First Look at Local Option Meals Excise Adoptions

See what’s new for the 2010 filing season Posted on Jan 19

See what’s new for the 2010 filing season

Posted by: Edward Peters, Director, Publishing and Media Services, Department of Revenue Last week, DOR released its annual filing season video presentation. The informational videos are full of useful information for both tax practitioners and taxpayers – topics include an update on important tax law changes,   …Continue Reading See what’s new for the 2010 filing season

Golf Course Recreational Classification Declared Out of Bounds Posted on Jan 14

Written by James Crowley, Esq., Bureau of Municipal Finance Law   If you have ever traveled to Cape Cod, you may have heard of the Cape Cod National Golf course, an 18-hole championship golf course located in the communities of Harwich and Brewster. When the   …Continue Reading Golf Course Recreational Classification Declared Out of Bounds

Earned Income Tax Credit can deliver big bucks Posted on Jan 12

Earned Income Tax Credit can deliver big bucks

Posted by: Robert Bliss, Director of Communications, Department of Revenue The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the federal (and state) income tax credit available to low- and moderate-income working families and individuals that can return as much as $5,657 in cash to a qualifying taxpayer.   …Continue Reading Earned Income Tax Credit can deliver big bucks

Conservation Restrictions and Real Property Taxation Posted on Jan 7

Written by Joan Youngman, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy   Conservation restrictions are the most significant and fastest-growing means of protecting environmentally sensitive land, and Massachusettshas been a leader in their development. It is 44th among states in terms of land area, but 10th in   …Continue Reading Conservation Restrictions and Real Property Taxation

City and Town turns a (web) page Posted on Jan 7

City and Town turns a (web) page

Posted by: Robert G. Nunes, Deputy Commissioner of Revenue & Director of Municipal Affairs, Department of Revenue    Welcome to City and Town’s new online home on the Department of Revenue’s blog, OpenDOR: Commonwealth Conversations. City and Town has evolved over time, but its purpose and   …Continue Reading City and Town turns a (web) page

December revenues top monthly collection from a year ago for third consecutive month Posted on Jan 7

The monthly revenue collection has topped that of a year ago for the third consecutive month. The reasons for this improved performance in collection vary from month to month, but one common denominator is the Aug. 1 change in the sales tax rate from 5   …Continue Reading December revenues top monthly collection from a year ago for third consecutive month