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Monthly Archives: June 2010

Plumbing the mysteries of sales tax on (some) cell phones Posted on Jun 30

Plumbing the mysteries of sales tax on (some) cell phones

Posted by: Robert Bliss, Director of Communication, Department of Revenue DOR has received several inquiries lately from buyers of new I-Phones asking why the sales tax charged on the price of the phone reflected a substantially higher purchase price than the actual price paid. For example,   …Continue Reading Plumbing the mysteries of sales tax on (some) cell phones

Issuance of license suspension notices nets $26 million in back taxes Posted on Jun 29

For nearly two years, the Department of Revenue has had the legal authority to issue notices of intent to suspend drivers' and other professional licenses in cases where taxpayers have ignored other means of collection of back taxes. In the current fiscal year, which is   …Continue Reading Issuance of license suspension notices nets $26 million in back taxes

No sales tax due on yard sale items Posted on Jun 24

The Department of Revenue has just posted on its homepage a humorous and informative video on the question of whether items sold at a yard sale are taxable under the state's laws governing sales and use tax. At the risk of spoiling the end of this   …Continue Reading No sales tax due on yard sale items

MA retains lowest percentage of uninsured Posted on Jun 9

A new report prepared by the Urban Institute for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts has found that Massachusetts remains the state with the lowest rate of uninsured adults between 18 and 64 in the country. Based on a survey conducted last fall,   …Continue Reading MA retains lowest percentage of uninsured

May revenues strong but YTD collection is $70M behind benchmark Posted on Jun 7

The Department of Revenue last week released its May revenue report showing a monthly collection of $1.573 billion, which was $292 million better than a year ago but insufficient to make up for all of the revenue loss experienced in April due to the filing extension to May   …Continue Reading May revenues strong but YTD collection is $70M behind benchmark