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Yearly Archives: 2013

Shopper’s Beware: Gift Cards Are Tax Free Posted on Dec 18

Gift Certificates and cards are among the most popular presents to give and receive around this time of the year. But don’t pay more for the cards than you have to. DOR is reminding shoppers that gift cards are the same as a gift of cash and are not subject to the 6.25% Massachusetts   …Continue Reading Shopper’s Beware: Gift Cards Are Tax Free

DOR Expedites Abatements for Vendors Who Paid Sales Tax on Computer and Software Services Posted on Nov 7

Even though the state repealed the tax in late September, more than 250 vendors filed returns submitting nearly $800,000 in sales and use tax on computer and software services. Because the law was repealed retroactively to the date the tax took effect, vendors are entitled to   …Continue Reading DOR Expedites Abatements for Vendors Who Paid Sales Tax on Computer and Software Services

It’s Flexible Spending Account Open Enrollment Time — Save on Taxes! Posted on Nov 1

  Employees and Employers Save on Taxes with These Options Guest Editorial by Cindy McGrath, Communications Director, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission Fall means open enrollment time for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), a tax savings shelter for employees and employers.  If you are an   …Continue Reading It’s Flexible Spending Account Open Enrollment Time — Save on Taxes!

Business Feedback Drives DOR to Reform Combined Reporting Schedules Posted on Oct 30

“Too confusing”, “unnecessary” and “takes too long ” are just some of the comments DOR heard from taxpayers and practitioners who use Form 335U for combined reporting on corporate tax returns.  DOR collected the feedback on 355U and its long list of schedules through a series of meetings   …Continue Reading Business Feedback Drives DOR to Reform Combined Reporting Schedules

Dispute Your Tax Bill Quicker Through DOR’s New Early Mediation Program Posted on Oct 18

Taxpayers looking for a faster way to resolve a tax dispute can now apply to DOR’s new early mediation program. What began as a pilot program a year ago is now an integral option in the departments appeals process. The department has taken steps to expand the program and allow more taxpayers to use it by   …Continue Reading Dispute Your Tax Bill Quicker Through DOR’s New Early Mediation Program

The Easiest Tax Break Seniors Can Get! Posted on Oct 8

The Easiest Tax Break Seniors Can Get!

If you are 65 years or older at the close of the taxable year and your principal residence is in Massachusetts, you may be eligible for the Senior Circuit Breaker, a refundable credit against personal income taxes.  First, you have to meet income thresholds: For   …Continue Reading The Easiest Tax Break Seniors Can Get!

Individual Mandate Penalties for 2013 Posted on Aug 7

Individual Mandate Penalties for 2013

Technical Information Release 13-9 Each year the Department of Revenue issues an updated penalty schedule for individuals who fail to comply with the requirements under the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act. DOR has announced this year’s penalty schedule applicable only to adults who are deemed   …Continue Reading Individual Mandate Penalties for 2013

Cigarette Tax History Posted on Aug 6

Cigarette Tax History

Curious about the history of cigarette taxes in Massachusetts? Click the graph above for cigarette revenue collections and tax increases over the past seven fiscal years. You will notice the last increase took place July 1st, 2008. Now in July 2013, another one dollar increase is in   …Continue Reading Cigarette Tax History

A Personal Perspective on Administering Cigarette Taxes Posted on Aug 2

A Personal Perspective on Administering Cigarette Taxes

  When Carmine Santoro started working at DOR in 1974, the state tax on a pack of cigarettes was 16 cents.  Eight tax hikes later, retailers and suppliers must now collect $3.51 a pack and file monthly tax returns to the state. Santoro has helped   …Continue Reading A Personal Perspective on Administering Cigarette Taxes

Refund Check isn’t What You Thought it Would Be? Posted on Jul 9

Refund Check isn't What You Thought it Would Be?

In some cases where there is an obvious math or clerical error on your return, the DOR will issue a Notice of Change in Tax (see graphic below) You will find it on the stub of your check and it will list the reason the amount of refund   …Continue Reading Refund Check isn’t What You Thought it Would Be?