Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley yesterday announced that three East Longmeadow residents pled guilty in Hampden Superior Court in connection with their involvement in an ongoing scheme to sell unstamped cigarettes.
Jin Zheng, the ringleader, pled guilty to charges of possession with intent to sell more than 12,000 unstamped cigarettes, evasion of cigarette excise taxes, sales tax evasion, filing false sales tax returns and filing false income tax returns. He was sentenced to serve a year in the House of Correction, with the sentence suspended for a probationary period of five years, and he was ordered to pay a $75,000 fine.
DOR investigators found that Zheng had failed to report receipts from the sale of unstamped cigarettes for the years 2005 through 2008. DOR alleged that Zheng sold 10,305 cartons of cigarettes during that time and cost the Commonwealth an estimated $163,000 in unpaid excise taxes. Zheng now has that tax debt to pay as well.
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
Talkin’ Kids, ’Cos DOR Cares posted on Nov 18
On Thursday, November 19, a panel that includes officials from DOR and Probate Family Court will discuss how child support can help single parents and their children financially. Since child support is essential to the wellbeing of kids, DOR’s mission is to enforce the financial …Continue Reading Talkin’ Kids, ’Cos DOR Cares