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Category Archives: Current Affairs

F.A.Q. Everything you Need to Know about the Sales Tax Holiday Posted on Aug 10

Last week the state legislature passed and Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Sales Tax Holiday that will officially suspend the state’s 6.25% sales tax for the upcoming weekend of August 15th and 16th. State policymakers have passed an annual summer’s sales tax holiday   …Continue Reading F.A.Q. Everything you Need to Know about the Sales Tax Holiday

DOR Ruling Favorable in First Circuit Judgment Posted on Mar 17

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued judgments in the Department of Revenue’s (DOR) favor last month, finding that taxpayers in Bankruptcy proceedings cannot discharge late filed tax returns. The court consolidated two similar cases brought before them involving a total   …Continue Reading DOR Ruling Favorable in First Circuit Judgment

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.

Pay Your Tax Bill or Notice by Credit Card Posted on Feb 24

You can pay your tax bill or notice by credit card.

Buying a Vehicle out of State? ( A Tip from DOR’s Taxpayer Advocate) Posted on Feb 24

Be aware of this Massachusetts sales tax provision if you happen to buy a new vehicle while out of state.

A Tip About the Earned Income Credit (One of a Series from DOR’s Taxpayer Advocate) Posted on Feb 24

The IRS estimates that four out of five eligible workers and families get the Earned Income Credit, but millions who could claim it don’t.

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?