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Category Archives: Current Affairs

Relief for MA Fishermen and Farmers Posted on Feb 22

Because of the delay in revising and printing federal tax forms that fishermen and farmers use to pay their yearly estimated tax due by January 15, the IRS will waive any underpayment penalty as long as they file and pay their taxes by April 15, 2013. MA DOR   …Continue Reading Relief for MA Fishermen and Farmers

Additional Senior Circuit Breaker Session Announced – More to Come Posted on Feb 22

The response has been very exciting for our circuit breaker credit information sessions for seniors!  We've been asked to expand these sessions into Central and Western Mass — which we are looking to do. Here's the first Central Mass information session… we hope to see   …Continue Reading Additional Senior Circuit Breaker Session Announced – More to Come

Upcoming DOR Senior Circuit Breaker Info Sessions Posted on Feb 15

DOR has had a great turnout for our early series of information sessions for seniors. These sessions are short presentations to educate taxpayers 65 and older about the benefits of the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit. For tax year 2012, the credit is worth as   …Continue Reading Upcoming DOR Senior Circuit Breaker Info Sessions

New 2-Year DOR Strategic Plan Posted Posted on Feb 13

DOR has posted its 2013-2015 Strategic Plan.  This plan outlines a comprehensive set of goals and actions which will serve as a roadmap to success for the agency.  The Strategic Plan describes how DOR will support the Executive Office of Administration and Finance’s (A&F) Better Performance   …Continue Reading New 2-Year DOR Strategic Plan Posted

New “Filing Zone” Page Tip on Rental Deductions Posted on Feb 12

Tip of the Week Don’t Miss This! You may be entitled to a tax deduction equal to one half of the rent you paid during calendar year 2012 up to $3,000 for your principal residence in Massachusetts. Rent includes the amount you paid for heat, hot   …Continue Reading New “Filing Zone” Page Tip on Rental Deductions

DOR Advisory Council’s First Meeting a Great Success! Posted on Feb 1

DOR Advisory Council’s First Meeting a Great Success!

  There was an impressive exchange of ideas at the first meeting of the DOR Advisory Council.     The Advisory Council is a key element of DOR 360, Commissioner Amy Pitter's initiative to engage and communicate with the DOR community. The Council consists of sixteen members representing a broad spectrum   …Continue Reading DOR Advisory Council’s First Meeting a Great Success!

WebFile Early Birds Posted on Jan 25

WebFile for Income opened just two days ago and already 3,230 taxpayers have used the DOR software program to fill out their state income tax return. Of those, 2,324 have completed the program to file their return electronically. Ever wonder who these early birds are?             2,256 are due   …Continue Reading WebFile Early Birds

WebFile is Open for Business! Posted on Jan 23

Be sure to check out the department's free WebFile program. It's easy, it's green and it calculates and checks all your amounts — it's the hassle-free way to file your Massachusetts return. Check it out!

Commissioner Names Diverse Coalition to Advise DOR on Tax Administration Posted on Jan 17

Massachusetts Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter today named sixteen people who represent a broad range of taxpayer interests to sit on the agency’s new Advisory Council. The council, which will hold its first meeting on January 30, is the centerpiece of the Commissioner’s DOR 360 initiative to improve efficiencies   …Continue Reading Commissioner Names Diverse Coalition to Advise DOR on Tax Administration

Check out DOR’s New Filing Season Update Video Posted on Jan 15

DOR has posted its annual filing season update video. This years' presentation features DOR tax counsel Laurie Bent  providing the relevant tax law updates you'll want to know about. As in prior years, tax professionals may earn a CPE credit for watching the video and correctly completing   …Continue Reading Check out DOR’s New Filing Season Update Video