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Category Archives: Current Affairs

DOR Announces Updates to Offer in Compromise Program Posted on Jan 10

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) has updated its Offer in Compromise (Offer) program to streamline the process and incorporate best practices. Offer overview An Offer is an agreement between the taxpayer and DOR to settle a tax liability for less than the full amount   …Continue Reading DOR Announces Updates to Offer in Compromise Program

In Case You Missed It… Posted on Dec 14

In Case You Missed It...

“If it isn’t on YouTube, it might as well have never happened.”- Gordon Korman Videos, Videos, Videos! In our What’s New at DOR update we highlighted our MassTaxConnect video tutorials as well as four videos to guide you through 2022’s filing season. Since the tutorials launched, we provided both English and Spanish subtitles for every video. Subscribe to DOR’s YouTube channel to   …Continue Reading In Case You Missed It…

Walk-in Counters May Be Closed, but DOR is Not! Posted on Apr 22

Walk-in counters for tax and child support assistance, and kiosks for tax assistance, are temporarily closed in response to COVID-19. As Governor Baker has repeatedly expressed, the health and safety of the Commonwealth’s residents are top priorities during this challenging time. DOR is also taking   …Continue Reading Walk-in Counters May Be Closed, but DOR is Not!

Connecting with Child Support Enforcement During COVID-19 Posted on Mar 26

We are committed to continuing to provide services to you during this difficult time. There is lots of information on our website, but here are some of the things our customers want to know right now.  Are your offices open?  For your safety and for   …Continue Reading Connecting with Child Support Enforcement During COVID-19

F.A.Q. Everything you Need to Know about the Sales Tax Holiday Posted on Aug 10

Last week the state legislature passed and Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Sales Tax Holiday that will officially suspend the state’s 6.25% sales tax for the upcoming weekend of August 15th and 16th. State policymakers have passed an annual summer’s sales tax holiday   …Continue Reading F.A.Q. Everything you Need to Know about the Sales Tax Holiday

DOR Ruling Favorable in First Circuit Judgment Posted on Mar 17

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued judgments in the Department of Revenue’s (DOR) favor last month, finding that taxpayers in Bankruptcy proceedings cannot discharge late filed tax returns. The court consolidated two similar cases brought before them involving a total   …Continue Reading DOR Ruling Favorable in First Circuit Judgment

WARNING: Tax Lien Notices NOT issued by DOR Making the Rounds Posted on Mar 13

Here’s another unfortunate addition to the list of financial things to protect yourself from.  DOR has learned that letters of questionable origin are being sent to taxpayers with outstanding tax liens. Although these notices show amounts from actual tax liens, they are not from the Massachusetts   …Continue Reading WARNING: Tax Lien Notices NOT issued by DOR Making the Rounds

Don’t Let a Hacker Steal YOUR Refund Posted on Mar 11

There are some rabbit holes you definitely don’t want to fall down during tax season. One such hole, and an increasingly-common nightmarish scenario, is finding out your tax refund has been stolen. In a recent article, Allison Martin of Money Talk News was the bearer   …Continue Reading Don’t Let a Hacker Steal YOUR Refund

Bad Year for Illicit Cigarette Traders Posted on Mar 10

It’s beginning to look like a bad, really bad, year for anybody involved in the illicit trade of cigarette smuggling. According to a press release from the DOR, tobacco smugglers are now very much on the minds of state and federal law enforcement officials. At   …Continue Reading Bad Year for Illicit Cigarette Traders

Tax Season Shouldn’t Be Scam Season Posted on Feb 24

It’s an old adage, but still very much relevant in today’s tax world: If it sounds too
good to be true, it probably is.