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Category Archives: Current Affairs

Dare to Enter the Filing Zone? Get all the Tax Help You Need! Posted on Jul 3

DOR has updated our Filing Zone webpage with new resources, tips and information to help you get through the tax season now that you’ve filed your income tax return. Our newest features include helping you understand common tax notices and bills you might find in your mailbox,   …Continue Reading Dare to Enter the Filing Zone? Get all the Tax Help You Need!

Welcome to Our New Blog! Posted on Jul 1

Welcome to the Department of Revenue’s new OpenDOR blog!  We’ve made several key changes to make your navigation experience easier– while keeping you fully updated with what’s new here at DOR. We hope you enjoy exploring the embedded videos, interactive discussion opportunities and easy-to-navigate gateways to   …Continue Reading Welcome to Our New Blog!

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 Posted on May 15

Commissioner Pitter Addresses the IRS CPA Association at annual dinner

      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

DOR’s Advisory Council Ready to Begin Work Posted on Mar 27

DOR’s Advisory Council Ready to Begin Work

As part of Commissioner Pitter’s DOR360 initiative, the department formed the DOR Advisory Council last year to provide advice and input on agency activities and policies. After an initial introductory meeting, the Council is ready to begin tackling its important issues; the Commissioner has asked   …Continue Reading DOR’s Advisory Council Ready to Begin Work

DOR Reminder-Business entities must certify tax status by April 1 to be listed in Corporations Book Posted on Mar 20

    DOR now requires all business entities to certify their tax status through an online application on WebFile for Business located at Corporations Book Application by April 1, 2013.  The annual Corporations Book is used by local assessors to determine which businesses qualify for various property tax exemptions   …Continue Reading DOR Reminder-Business entities must certify tax status by April 1 to be listed in Corporations Book

New Business Expenses Video and Info Page Posted Posted on Mar 5

Many employees have business expenses, but have questions about what's allowable and what type of documentation is needed. To help with that, DOR has created a short video and an Employee Business Expenses page that lists the top reasons contributing to the disallowance of an   …Continue Reading New Business Expenses Video and Info Page Posted

DOR Hosts Legislative Outreach Event Posted on Feb 28

As part of Commissioner Amy Pitter’s DOR360 initiative, DOR hosted a Legislative Outreach Day event on Thursday, February 28 in the State House–inviting Legislators and their staffs to meet with a variety of DOR managers  to ask questions, discuss policies and learn more about the   …Continue Reading DOR Hosts Legislative Outreach Event