Post Content

DOR Commissioner Amy Pitter wrote today that she is committed to improving the settlement and appeals processes currently in place.

Her comments were posted on the DOR 360 section of DOR's web site. "I am committed to resolving tax disputes as efficiently and as early as possible, and to that end the Department is reviewing some of the best practices from the IRS and elsewhere to improve the appeals process.

"In particular, we are considering a 'fast track settlement' process, which is a pre-assessment process where a trained appeals officer acts as a mediator between the tax auditors and the taxpayer."

Pitter noted that DOR is already authorized to resolve tax disputes prior to assessment or litigation, an authority which permits the Commissioner to accept less than the full amount of a contested liability based on the best interests of the Commonwealth and the potential hazards of litigation.

"The Office of Appeals, an independent office with DOR that reports directly to the Commissioner, settles tax disputes and conduct conferences. The settlement and conference processes are functionally combined at the Office of Appeals to afford a taxpayer a single integrated forum to resolve disputes and an outstanding opportunity for settlement in an informal arena without time-consuming and expensive proceedings," Pitter wrote.

The Commissioner requested comments or suggestions be sent to Steve Dukeman, the director of DOR's Office of Advocacy, Training and Communications at dukeman@dor.state.ma.us.

 

Written By:

Recent Posts

Why do most Massachusetts taxpayers file electronically? Lots of good reasons. posted on Mar 17

If you haven’t filed your Massachusetts personal income tax return, there are very good reasons to consider e-filing.  Millions of taxpayers have already taken advantage of e-filing, the most convenient way to get your taxes done. Why are we confident that e-filing is the very   …Continue Reading Why do most Massachusetts taxpayers file electronically? Lots of good reasons.

MassTaxConnect for Fiduciary Taxes – Get Started on December 5, 2016! posted on Nov 14

With WebFile for Income Stepping Aside, MassTaxConnect Steps Up MassTaxConnect, the Commonwealth’s new tax revenue system, will be expanding to include fiduciary and other taxes on December 5, 2016. As you may already know, WebFile for Income is now officially closed as we prepare to   …Continue Reading MassTaxConnect for Fiduciary Taxes – Get Started on December 5, 2016!

November 6: WebFiIe for Income Makes Way for MassTaxConnect posted on Nov 4

WebFile for Income says goodbye as MassTaxConnect welcomes more taxpayers In anticipation of MassTaxConnect expanding to include 10 additional tax types, WebFile for Income will say goodbye to users on November 6 at midnight. Save the date – pay bills electronically through November 6 If   …Continue Reading November 6: WebFiIe for Income Makes Way for MassTaxConnect