With the recent seizure of a restaurant on Cape Cod, how can Massachusetts cities and towns that adopted the local option meals tax be sure they are receiving all of their local option tax? The answer may surprise you. Each year, cities and towns require restaurants and businesses that pour and sell alcoholic beverages to renew their licenses. As part of that renewal process, cities and towns could require these types of businesses to supply a Certificate of Good Standing. This certificate is issued by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue at the request of any taxpayer. The process is a free electronic request by the taxpayer to the department. The certificate will make sure that the local business has filed and paid the taxes it is registered and responsible for with the Commonwealth. Before any city or town receives the local option meals tax raised for that community, the Commonwealth must receive the tax from the taxpayer. Make sure your community does not leave this revenue on the table, require your businesses to supply a certificate of Good Standing with its next renewal application. To find out further information or request a certificate, click here.
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! 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