The centerpiece of DOR Commissioner Amy Pitter's DOR 360 campaign dominates the front page in the latest edition of the Boston Business Journal story detailing the agency's new Early Mediation Program — a cheaper, quicker and more collaborative method for resolving tax disputes.
During the next two weeks, appeals officers who will work as impartial mediators, will be trained in mediation techniques. Auditors and litigators will be taught how to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of their cases which will help them negotiate the agency's position. The pilot program will be offered to taxpayers who have more than a $1 million in dispute and want to settle their cases.
The program is modeled after the IRS' "Fast Track Settlement" program which reduced the time it took to settle large corporate tax disputes from over 700 days to 100 days through mediation.
MA Filing Extension to April 18th Announced posted on Apr 15
The Department of Revenue’s WebFile tool, which allows individuals to electronically file state personal income tax returns, has experienced delays due to heavy volume over the past few days. DOR is actively working to resolve this issue, and has extended the deadline for taxpayers to …Continue Reading MA Filing Extension to April 18th Announced
WARNING: Tax Lien Notices NOT issued by DOR Making the Rounds posted on Mar 13
Here’s another unfortunate addition to the list of financial things to protect yourself from. DOR has learned that letters of questionable origin are being sent to taxpayers with outstanding tax liens. Although these notices show amounts from actual tax liens, they are not from the Massachusetts …Continue Reading WARNING: Tax Lien Notices NOT issued by DOR Making the Rounds
Don’t Let a Hacker Steal YOUR Refund posted on Mar 11
There are some rabbit holes you definitely don’t want to fall down during tax season. One such hole, and an increasingly-common nightmarish scenario, is finding out your tax refund has been stolen. In a recent article, Allison Martin of Money Talk News was the bearer …Continue Reading Don’t Let a Hacker Steal YOUR Refund