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Yearly Archives: 2012

10 Tax Gifts from the DOR Posted on Dec 26

1.     Unclaimed Refund List The DOR has millions of dollars in refunds that have been returned to the agency and are waiting to be claimed. See if your name is on the list at DOR's Unclaimed Refund List.  2.     Veterans and Surviving Spouses Exemption Qualified   …Continue Reading 10 Tax Gifts from the DOR

Slowing Revenue Growth Derails Automatic Income Tax Cut Posted on Nov 19

The State Department of Revenue (DOR) recently certified that there is insufficient tax revenue growth under the terms of a  2002 state law that would trigger a 0.05 percentage point cut in the Part B indivdual income tax rate beginning in 2013. As part of the legal   …Continue Reading Slowing Revenue Growth Derails Automatic Income Tax Cut

MA DOR Helps Speed Fuel and Tax Relief to Hurricane Victims Posted on Nov 8

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has joined the IRS and several other states in offering relief to individuals and businesses located in NY, NJ, RI and CT communities damaged by Hurricane Sandy and declared federal disaster areas. DOR will automatically extend the deadline until February 1, 2013 for those non-residents who must file   …Continue Reading MA DOR Helps Speed Fuel and Tax Relief to Hurricane Victims

DOR Catches Up on Backlog of Rhode Island Abatements Posted on Oct 31

By reassigning staff and adding a Saturday shift, the Department of Revenue has been able to significantly reduce the overall backlog of abatements and anticipates that most Rhode Island claims will be processed by the end of November. We appreciate your patience and cooperation while waiting for   …Continue Reading DOR Catches Up on Backlog of Rhode Island Abatements

DOR Commissioner Announces Centerpiece of DOR360 Campaign to Engage Customers Posted on Oct 26

DOR Commissioner Announces Centerpiece of DOR360 Campaign to Engage Customers

  In an address to tax professionals attending the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation's annual tax conference, Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter announced that she will appoint a 15 member Advisory Council to serve as a liaison between DOR and our varied stakeholder communities. The purpose of the Advisory   …Continue Reading DOR Commissioner Announces Centerpiece of DOR360 Campaign to Engage Customers

BBJ Profiles New DOR Initiative to Settle Large Tax Disputes Quicker Posted on Oct 19

 The centerpiece of DOR Commissioner Amy Pitter's DOR 360 campaign dominates the front page in the latest edition of the Boston Business Journal story detailing the agency's new Early Mediation Program — a cheaper, quicker and more collaborative method for resolving tax disputes. During the next two weeks, appeals   …Continue Reading BBJ Profiles New DOR Initiative to Settle Large Tax Disputes Quicker

FY13 Community Innovation Challenge Grant Application Submission Announced Posted on Sep 11

Lt. Governor Timothy Murray at the 4th Annual Regionalization Conference in Worcester announced yesterday (Sept. 10) that the process of submitting applications for $4 million in Community Innovation Challenge grants will begin tomorrow with publication of the guidelines and application. "As a Commonwealth, it is   …Continue Reading FY13 Community Innovation Challenge Grant Application Submission Announced

Are You Leaving Money on the Table? Posted on Jul 6

Are You Leaving Money on the Table?

With the recent seizure of a restaurant on Cape Cod, how can Massachusetts cities and towns that adopted the local option meals tax be sure they are receiving all of their local option tax? The answer may surprise you. Each year, cities and towns require restaurants and   …Continue Reading Are You Leaving Money on the Table?

Directive on tax treatment of RI Temporary Disability Insurance Act triggers wave of appeals Posted on Jun 27

The Department of Revenue has received more than 30,000 abatement claims resulting from the issuance of revised DD 12-1, on March 15, 2012,: G.L. c.62, s.6(a) Credit for Taxes Paid to Another Jurisdiction: Insurance Fund Payments Made Pursuant to Rhode Island Law. This Directive ruled   …Continue Reading Directive on tax treatment of RI Temporary Disability Insurance Act triggers wave of appeals

Number of residents paying health insurance law penalty dropped in 2010; insured rate holds at 96 percent Posted on Jun 19

The Massachusetts Connector Authority and the Department of Revenue have released the Tax Year 2010 report on the state's health insurance law. The report shows there was near universal compliance with the requirement to report health insurance information on the Schedule HC. It also showed a   …Continue Reading Number of residents paying health insurance law penalty dropped in 2010; insured rate holds at 96 percent