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DOR + Social Media — #CheckUsOut

DOR + Social Media — #CheckUsOut posted on Jul 28

  State tax administration might not deliver such seismic news events as LeBron’s eagerly-awaited announcement of his return to his old Cleveland team, but knowing what’s going on at any given moment in the tax world could save you some time and effort, and maybe   …Continue Reading DOR + Social Media — #CheckUsOut

Commute to work on the T, Commuter Rail or Turnpike?  You may be eligible for a Massachusetts Commuter Deduction on your tax return!

Commute to work on the T, Commuter Rail or Turnpike? You may be eligible for a Massachusetts Commuter Deduction on your tax return! posted on Jul 16

The Commuter Deduction was enacted by the Legislature to cover specific commuter expenses. To help understand the deduction,  the Department of Revenue’s DOR University has released an e-learning module explaining what qualifies for a deduction, real-life examples and how you can claim your commuter deduction   …Continue Reading Commute to work on the T, Commuter Rail or Turnpike? You may be eligible for a Massachusetts Commuter Deduction on your tax return!

DOR Offers FREE E-Learning Course on Fraternal Organization Tax Responsibilities posted on Jul 9

Help get the word out! The Department of Revenue’s online DOR University has recently developed a new free e-learning course on the tax responsibilities of fraternal organizations. Fraternal organizations are considered a type of Chapter 180 Corporation, which are formed for charitable or other purposes.   …Continue Reading DOR Offers FREE E-Learning Course on Fraternal Organization Tax Responsibilities

New Boat Owners: Don’t Get Landlocked This July 4th Weekend!

New Boat Owners: Don’t Get Landlocked This July 4th Weekend! posted on Jun 25

This is traditionally one of the busiest periods of the summer at DOR offices as new boat owners come in to pay sales taxes on their boats or other recreational vehicles, so   they can enjoy the holiday weekend on the water. So, want to   …Continue Reading New Boat Owners: Don’t Get Landlocked This July 4th Weekend!

Practitioners weigh in through DOR’s 1st Crowdsourcing Challenge

Practitioners weigh in through DOR’s 1st Crowdsourcing Challenge posted on Jun 13

It’s fun; it’s easy; it could make a difference in how the MA Department of Revenue does business. When Commissioner Amy Pitter learned about the Government Innovation Office’s online crowdsourcing tool, iCatalyst, she believed it could bring tax practitioners to the table for a conversation.   …Continue Reading Practitioners weigh in through DOR’s 1st Crowdsourcing Challenge

MA Filing Extension to April 18th Announced posted on Apr 15

The Department of Revenue’s WebFile tool, which allows individuals to electronically file state personal income tax returns, has experienced delays due to heavy volume over the past few days. DOR is actively working to resolve this issue, and has extended the deadline for taxpayers to   …Continue Reading MA Filing Extension to April 18th Announced

WARNING: Tax Lien Notices NOT issued by DOR Making the Rounds posted on Mar 13

Here’s another unfortunate addition to the list of financial things to protect yourself from.  DOR has learned that letters of questionable origin are being sent to taxpayers with outstanding tax liens. Although these notices show amounts from actual tax liens, they are not from the Massachusetts   …Continue Reading WARNING: Tax Lien Notices NOT issued by DOR Making the Rounds

Don’t Let a Hacker Steal YOUR Refund posted on Mar 11

There are some rabbit holes you definitely don’t want to fall down during tax season. One such hole, and an increasingly-common nightmarish scenario, is finding out your tax refund has been stolen. In a recent article, Allison Martin of Money Talk News was the bearer   …Continue Reading Don’t Let a Hacker Steal YOUR Refund

Bad Year for Illicit Cigarette Traders posted on Mar 10

It’s beginning to look like a bad, really bad, year for anybody involved in the illicit trade of cigarette smuggling. According to a press release from the DOR, tobacco smugglers are now very much on the minds of state and federal law enforcement officials. At   …Continue Reading Bad Year for Illicit Cigarette Traders

Tax Season Shouldn’t Be Scam Season posted on Feb 24

It’s an old adage, but still very much relevant in today’s tax world: If it sounds too
good to be true, it probably is.