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Yearly Archives: 2010

Selling unstamped cigarettes doesn’t pay Posted on Nov 5

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley yesterday announced that three East Longmeadow residents pled guilty in Hampden Superior Court in connection with their involvement in an ongoing scheme to sell unstamped cigarettes. Jin Zheng, the ringleader, pled guilty to charges of possession with intent to sell more than 12,000 unstamped   …Continue Reading Selling unstamped cigarettes doesn’t pay

A primer on the local option room occupancy tax Posted on Oct 14

The room occupancy or room excise tax in Massachusetts is 5.7 percent, but cities and towns since 1985 have had the option of placing an additional local option rooms tax of 4 percent. Last October, the local option was increased to 6 percent. Revenue generated   …Continue Reading A primer on the local option room occupancy tax

Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit delivers big bucks Posted on Oct 6

Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit delivers big bucks

Posted by: Robert Bliss, Director of Communication, Department of Revenue         No other refundable tax credit equals the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit for putting money into the wallets of average taxpayers 65 and older. In tax year 2009, more than 77,000 senior taxpayers who were either   …Continue Reading Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit delivers big bucks

Municipal tax amnesty program guidelines announced Posted on Sep 30

The Department of Revenue's Division of Local Services has published its Informational Guideline Release for the Municipal Tax Amnesty Program approved as part of the recently enacted Municipal Relief Act. The amnesty program requires enactment of a municipality's legislative body. The program does not waive payment   …Continue Reading Municipal tax amnesty program guidelines announced

DLS launches new technical assistance web tool for local officials Posted on Sep 17

The Department of Revenue's Division of Local Services has launched a new web page to more easily provide Technical Assistance to cities and towns in search of best practices, tips on sharing services and regionalization, Excel-based financial calculators, and a list of Q and A's that   …Continue Reading DLS launches new technical assistance web tool for local officials

New brochures available on tax exemptions and deferrals Posted on Sep 13

The Department of Revenue's Division of Local Services has published a refreshed series of taxpayer brochures on a series of tax exemptions and tax deferrals available to the blind; senior citizens; surviving spouses, minor children and elderly; and veterans. DLS has also published a new   …Continue Reading New brochures available on tax exemptions and deferrals

2010 amnesty for business taxpayers collected $32.6 million Posted on Sep 10

The Department of Revenue has released its report to the Legislature on the 2010 tax amnesty program, reporting a collection of $32.6 million. The amnesty ran from April 1 to June 1, and targeted eligible business taxpayers who had previously received notices from DOR for delinquent taxes. Under   …Continue Reading 2010 amnesty for business taxpayers collected $32.6 million

AARP Tax-Aide looking for volunteers Posted on Aug 30

Last year, some 24,000 older, low- and middle-income Massachusetts taxpayers received assistance and tax preparation from the nation's largest, free tax assistance program, AARP Tax-Aide. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue is proud to partner with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the federal   …Continue Reading AARP Tax-Aide looking for volunteers

IRS strikes blow against refund anticipation loans Posted on Aug 23

IRS strikes blow against refund anticipation loans

Posted by: Robert Bliss, Director of Communication, Department of Revenue In what is widely viewed as a blow against refund anticipation loans, the Internal Revenue Service announced earlier this month it would end in the coming tax season its policy of releasing information about back taxes   …Continue Reading IRS strikes blow against refund anticipation loans

Average single-family home property tax increase of 3.3 percent lowest in a decade Posted on Aug 13

City and Town, the weekly on-line newsletter of the Department of Revenue's Division of Local Services, has just published a well-researched and quite comprehensive article on average single-family property tax bills for FY10. In a nutshell, the article concludes that "the weighted average tax bill increased   …Continue Reading Average single-family home property tax increase of 3.3 percent lowest in a decade