It’s beginning to look like a bad, really bad, year for anybody involved in the illicit trade of cigarette smuggling. According to a press release from the DOR, tobacco smugglers are now very much on the minds of state and federal law enforcement officials.
At stake here is much more than lost revenues, as smuggling and tax evasion undermine a whole economic system that is based on rule of law and a level playing field for everyone.
In all, 12 recommendations—from greater state and federal cooperation to beefing up enforcement to putting stiffer penalties in play—were published by the recently convened Commission on Illegal Tobacco.
From state legislators to Attorney General Coakley to wholesale cigarette distributors and convenience store owners, the news of putting smugglers on notice was more than welcomed. It’s not too difficult to imagine countless other taxpayers who are interested in fairness, applauding along as well.
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