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.
Class in Session at DOR University posted on Jan 20
Looking to educate yourself this tax season? Want to learn more about tax options, or DOR-related issues? All this can be achieved at DOR University, the Department of Revenue’s free online e-learning module. DOR University, created to offer free tax education to the public and …Continue Reading Class in Session at DOR University
Multi-agency investigation in two states leads to charges posted on Nov 19
Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Illegal Tobacco Commission, chaired by DOR Commissioner Amy Pitter, released a report on the illicit tobacco trade which recommends that teaming up with federal, state and local law enforcement can be a successful model for combatting such criminal activity. And …Continue Reading Multi-agency investigation in two states leads to charges
Top priority: protecting the taxpayer and the Commonwealth’s revenue posted on Oct 8
With identity theft on the rise, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue is taking new steps to combat the problem and protect taxpayers. In some cases, this means asking taxpayers to take a quiz before getting their state refund check. DOR is teaming up with LexisNexis …Continue Reading Top priority: protecting the taxpayer and the Commonwealth’s revenue