Post Content

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s Multistate Clearinghouse Project has just received one of 10 honorable mentions for “Outstanding Information Technology Achievement in Government” in 2011 from Government Computer News magazine.

"DOR is committed to using technology to increase efficiency and effectiveness in tax collection," said Commissioner Navjeet K. Bal, "and that is accomplished in this project."

The DOR project was one of more than 200 entered in the competition. Ten projects received GCN  Awards for IT Achievement; a second tier of 10, including DOR’s project, received honorable mentions.

The awards were granted on the degree to which a given IT project improved an agency’s ability to operate more efficiently or serve the public more effectively. The judges, drawn from the ranks of current and former government IT officials, also looked for innovation and technology leadership in selecting this year’s winners.

The Multistate Clearinghouse Project allows six states (currently MA, RI, CT, DE, MD and NJ) to collectively exchange data and identify non-compliance cases through the clearinghouse. Close to 40 million records are loaded and processed each year in common file layouts in a data center hosted by MA DOR.

The Clearinghouse gives participating agencies more accurate and reliable data that results in improved identification and pursuit of non-compliant taxpayers. In some cases, the data finds that taxpayers have sought to comply, but have filed incorrectly when living in one state and working in another; in other cases, willful noncompliance is revealed.

The Clearinghouse provides the capacity to manage millions of records each year, a far better option for states as opposed to handling and matching data on their own, where each state would need to maintain capacity to manage tens of millions of records.

By its third year of implementation, the Clearinghouse had surpassed $17 million in additional revenue collected on combined state investments of $1.5 million, providing a significant return on investment and fostering more voluntary compliance.

Written By:

Recent Posts

DOR Joins Forces with Others to Fight Tax Fraud posted on Nov 25

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) continues to be serious about combating tax and identity fraud. Not only have we continuously redoubled our anti-fraud efforts, we have in the past welcomed every opportunity to join forces with others to fight the ever-growing issues of identity   …Continue Reading DOR Joins Forces with Others to Fight Tax Fraud

Tax Practitioners Report in on Sneak Preview of MassTaxConnect posted on Nov 24

On November 30th, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) will release MassTaxConnect, the next generation tax system, to business and corporate taxpayers. The new filing system will replace WebFile for Business. In anticipation of the launch, DOR invited tax practitioners to preview MassTaxConnect and weigh   …Continue Reading Tax Practitioners Report in on Sneak Preview of MassTaxConnect

MassTaxConnect: A Big Win for Small Businesses in the Commonwealth posted on Nov 23

Small businesses are the lifeblood of a healthy economy. That’s true nationally, and that’s certainly true here in Massachusetts. With the advent of DOR’s newest electronic filing system, MassTaxConnect, life is about to get a whole lot easier for many companies across the Commonwealth. Currently,   …Continue Reading MassTaxConnect: A Big Win for Small Businesses in the Commonwealth