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.
Prep Early for Next Tax Season posted on May 20
Filing season is finally over and we know the last thing on your mind is next tax season. But did you know that if given more prep time, you could be saving yourself lots of stress and time? Start planning for next tax season now …Continue Reading Prep Early for Next Tax Season
DOR’s Participation in the Family Court Workshops posted on Apr 22
Once a month, the Department of Revenue’s Child Support Enforcement (CSE) lawyers and staff volunteer to be a part of the Family Court Workshops for Mothers and Fathers at the Suffolk County Probate & Family Court in Boston. The workshops, a joint venture between community …Continue Reading DOR’s Participation in the Family Court Workshops
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