With the recent seizure of a restaurant on Cape Cod, how can Massachusetts cities and towns that adopted the local option meals tax be sure they are receiving all of their local option tax? The answer may surprise you. Each year, cities and towns require restaurants and businesses that pour and sell alcoholic beverages to renew their licenses. As part of that renewal process, cities and towns could require these types of businesses to supply a Certificate of Good Standing. This certificate is issued by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue at the request of any taxpayer. The process is a free electronic request by the taxpayer to the department. The certificate will make sure that the local business has filed and paid the taxes it is registered and responsible for with the Commonwealth. Before any city or town receives the local option meals tax raised for that community, the Commonwealth must receive the tax from the taxpayer. Make sure your community does not leave this revenue on the table, require your businesses to supply a certificate of Good Standing with its next renewal application. To find out further information or request a certificate, click here.