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.
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