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Yearly Archives: 2011

Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit increases to $980 for 2011 Posted on Sep 30

Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit increases to $980 for 2011

Posted by: Robert Bliss, Director of Communication, Department of Revenue   The Department of Revenue published yesterday the Technical Information Release that presents the new income, valuation and credit amounts for the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit for tax year 2011. The $980 maximum value of this   …Continue Reading Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit increases to $980 for 2011

DOR sponsors WebFile for Income video contest Posted on Sep 23

The Department of Revenue has posted an invitation to participate in a web video contest designed to promote DOR's free, secure and easy-to-use WebFile for Income tax filing program. The winning video will be posted on DOR's homepage and YouTube  channel as well as highlighted on DOR's Facebook  and Twitter  pages,   …Continue Reading DOR sponsors WebFile for Income video contest

Amy Pitter named new DOR commissioner Posted on Sep 19

Secretary for Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez announced today the appointment of Amy Pitter as the new commissioner for the Department of Revenue. Pitter succeeds Commissioner Navjeet K. Bal, who is returning to the private sector to work as an attorney for the firm of Nixon   …Continue Reading Amy Pitter named new DOR commissioner

Extension granted tax filers in Berkshire and Franklin counties affected by Tropical Storm Irene Posted on Sep 12

DOR published late Friday (September 9, 2011) a Technical Information Release detailing the terms of an extension of time for certain tax filings and payments for taxpayers affected by Tropical Storm Irene in Berkshire and Franklin counties. The TIR states that DOR will grant automatic   …Continue Reading Extension granted tax filers in Berkshire and Franklin counties affected by Tropical Storm Irene

A snapshot of sales/use tax on photography services Posted on Sep 8

DOR has recently published Directive 11-4 clarifying the circumstances under which charges of professional photographers to their Massachusetts customers are subject to sales tax or are exempt. If you're heading toward a wedding, a few minutes of reading time here could save you and the   …Continue Reading A snapshot of sales/use tax on photography services

Most recent word on bundled cell phone transactions Posted on Aug 31

As readers of this blog know — or will know if you scroll down through the list of recent blog entries — DOR has spent some time trying to explain the rather arcane, even for tax law, body of regulation governing bundled cell phone transactions.   …Continue Reading Most recent word on bundled cell phone transactions

DOR assists AG’s office in getting guilty plea in cigarette sales tax case Posted on Aug 17

DOR's Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU) is credited with a big assist from the Attorney General's Office in yesterday's announcement of a guilty plea in an Attleboro cigarette sales tax case. Vinitaben Patel, 31, of Carver, plead guilty yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court to the charge of Aiding and Assisting in   …Continue Reading DOR assists AG’s office in getting guilty plea in cigarette sales tax case

DOR’s Multistate Clearinghouse wins honorable mention Posted on Aug 15

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   …Continue Reading DOR’s Multistate Clearinghouse wins honorable mention

Answers to two commonly asked questions about the sales tax holiday weekend Posted on Aug 11

If history is any guide, reporters will be calling DOR next week asking how much retail activity the sales tax holiday will have generated on the weekend of Aug. 13-14. This is a question DOR will not be able to definitively answer, ever, because of   …Continue Reading Answers to two commonly asked questions about the sales tax holiday weekend

Sales tax holiday set for Aug. 13 and 14 Posted on Aug 9

Gov. Deval Patrick on August 1 signed legislation enacting a sales tax holiday in Massachusetts for the weekend of August 13 and 14. DOR has published its Technical Information Release outlining the rules governing this holiday. They are the same as in previous sales tax   …Continue Reading Sales tax holiday set for Aug. 13 and 14