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Did you know January 31st is National Earned Income Tax Credit Day? posted on Jan 31

  One of the key work incentives for individuals and families who earned $51,567 or less last year is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) which allows low and moderate income workers to keep more of what they earn. It’s also the federal and MA   …Continue Reading Did you know January 31st is National Earned Income Tax Credit Day?

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Even though the state repealed the tax in late September, more than 250 vendors filed returns submitting nearly $800,000 in sales and use tax on computer and software services. Because the law was repealed retroactively to the date the tax took effect, vendors are entitled to   …Continue Reading DOR Expedites Abatements for Vendors Who Paid Sales Tax on Computer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

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

A Personal Perspective on Administering Cigarette Taxes

A Personal Perspective on Administering Cigarette Taxes posted on Aug 2

  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

Help Your Employees Live Healthier with a Wellness Tax Credit posted on Jun 11

The new Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit gives small businesses a state tax credit for having an employee wellness program. This is an excellent opportunity for business owners to help their employees live healthier lifestyles. MA businesses that employ 200 or fewer workers may qualify for the tax   …Continue Reading Help Your Employees Live Healthier with a Wellness Tax Credit

Residents of All 50 states and the District of Columbia Pay MA Income Tax posted on May 31

A just released DOR report shows that 324,829 citizens who don't live in Massachusetts paid $972.6 million in state income taxes in 2010. No surprise that New Hampshire tops the list with 90,540 citizens who paid $270,655,228 on wages they earned in Massachusetts. That total accounted for nearly 28   …Continue Reading Residents of All 50 states and the District of Columbia Pay MA Income Tax

Commissioner Pitter Addresses the IRS CPA Association at annual dinner

Commissioner Pitter Addresses the IRS CPA Association at annual dinner posted on May 15

      The IRS-CPA Association's 35th Annual Dinner Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter joined federal and state auditors at their annual dinner to update them on current DOR initiatives such as DOR360, the early mediation program and the Advisory Council. Pictured from left: Frederick Beebe, MA School Building   …Continue Reading Commissioner Pitter Addresses the IRS CPA Association at annual dinner

Surprise! Your online seller doesn’t collect sales tax, but that doesn’t mean you don’t owe it posted on Apr 9

Whether it's a retailer on the Web or a brick and mortar business across the state line, if the product or service you buy from them is considered a taxable good in the Commonwealth, chances are you could be breaking the law by not paying   …Continue Reading Surprise! Your online seller doesn’t collect sales tax, but that doesn’t mean you don’t owe it