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Category Archives: Current Affairs

A Tip About the Earned Income Credit (One of a Series from DOR’s Taxpayer Advocate) Posted on Feb 24

The IRS estimates that four out of five eligible workers and families get the Earned Income Credit, but millions who could claim it don’t.

Did you know January 31st is National Earned Income Tax Credit Day? Posted on Jan 31

  One of the key work incentives for individuals and families who earned $51,567 or less last year is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) which allows low and moderate income workers to keep more of what they earn. It’s also the federal and MA   …Continue Reading Did you know January 31st is National Earned Income Tax Credit Day?

The Easiest Tax Break Seniors Can Get! Posted on Oct 8

The Easiest Tax Break Seniors Can Get!

If you are 65 years or older at the close of the taxable year and your principal residence is in Massachusetts, you may be eligible for the Senior Circuit Breaker, a refundable credit against personal income taxes.  First, you have to meet income thresholds: For   …Continue Reading The Easiest Tax Break Seniors Can Get!

Refund Check isn’t What You Thought it Would Be? Posted on Jul 9

Refund Check isn't What You Thought it Would Be?

In some cases where there is an obvious math or clerical error on your return, the DOR will issue a Notice of Change in Tax (see graphic below) You will find it on the stub of your check and it will list the reason the amount of refund   …Continue Reading Refund Check isn’t What You Thought it Would Be?

Dare to Enter the Filing Zone? Get all the Tax Help You Need! Posted on Jul 3

DOR has updated our Filing Zone webpage with new resources, tips and information to help you get through the tax season now that you’ve filed your income tax return. Our newest features include helping you understand common tax notices and bills you might find in your mailbox,   …Continue Reading Dare to Enter the Filing Zone? Get all the Tax Help You Need!

Welcome to Our New Blog! Posted on Jul 1

Welcome to the Department of Revenue’s new OpenDOR blog!  We’ve made several key changes to make your navigation experience easier– while keeping you fully updated with what’s new here at DOR. We hope you enjoy exploring the embedded videos, interactive discussion opportunities and easy-to-navigate gateways to   …Continue Reading Welcome to Our New Blog!

Help Your Employees Live Healthier with a Wellness Tax Credit Posted on Jun 11

The new Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit gives small businesses a state tax credit for having an employee wellness program. This is an excellent opportunity for business owners to help their employees live healthier lifestyles. MA businesses that employ 200 or fewer workers may qualify for the tax   …Continue Reading Help Your Employees Live Healthier with a Wellness Tax Credit

Residents of All 50 states and the District of Columbia Pay MA Income Tax Posted on May 31

A just released DOR report shows that 324,829 citizens who don't live in Massachusetts paid $972.6 million in state income taxes in 2010. No surprise that New Hampshire tops the list with 90,540 citizens who paid $270,655,228 on wages they earned in Massachusetts. That total accounted for nearly 28   …Continue Reading Residents of All 50 states and the District of Columbia Pay MA Income Tax

Commissioner Pitter Addresses the IRS CPA Association at annual dinner Posted on May 15

Commissioner Pitter Addresses the IRS CPA Association at annual dinner

      The IRS-CPA Association's 35th Annual Dinner Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter joined federal and state auditors at their annual dinner to update them on current DOR initiatives such as DOR360, the early mediation program and the Advisory Council. Pictured from left: Frederick Beebe, MA School Building   …Continue Reading Commissioner Pitter Addresses the IRS CPA Association at annual dinner

Surprise! Your online seller doesn’t collect sales tax, but that doesn’t mean you don’t owe it Posted on Apr 9

Whether it's a retailer on the Web or a brick and mortar business across the state line, if the product or service you buy from them is considered a taxable good in the Commonwealth, chances are you could be breaking the law by not paying   …Continue Reading Surprise! Your online seller doesn’t collect sales tax, but that doesn’t mean you don’t owe it