While all politics may indeed be local, all recessions are not.
The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-profit Washington D.C. budget and policy think tank that pays special attention to state finances, has just released a report on states' fiscal pictures and the portrait remains dark and gloomy.
Only Montana and North Dakota, states bouyed by mineral-rich economies, have avoided fiscal distress.
The combined budget gap in the states for FY 10 and FY 11 is in the neighborhood of $350 billion. Federal stimulus funds of about $140 billion will offset this gap by about 40 percent, but the stimulus money will run out at the time when the gaps between revenues and expenditures are growing wider, in FY11.
EITC – Helping Low and Moderate Income Families in MA posted on Jan 29
EITC, also known as the Earned Income Tax Credit, has been helping low to moderate income families in Massachusetts and across the country for over 40 years. In recent months, Governor Charlie Baker and members of the Legislature have worked hard to ensure that working …Continue Reading EITC – Helping Low and Moderate Income Families in MA
DOR Homepage gets a facelift posted on Jan 14
Today, DOR unveiled a brand new homepage intended to making it easier for taxpayers to find what they’re looking for when it comes to filing and paying their state taxes. DOR’s communications team used consumer insights and online analytics to better understand how taxpayers use the site, …Continue Reading DOR Homepage gets a facelift
Did You Know Home Heating Oil is Mass Sales Tax Exempt? posted on Jan 14
In preparation for the winter months, we want to remind you that home heating oil is exempt from Massachusetts sales tax. This winter season, DOR wants you to be prepared. Here’s what you need to know when purchasing your home heating oil: Who is exempt …Continue Reading Did You Know Home Heating Oil is Mass Sales Tax Exempt?