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Category Archives: Taxes

Your Mass State Taxes Made Easier Posted on Mar 9

Your Mass State Taxes Made Easier

With the tax season now in full swing, there are several resources at your fingertips to make filing your taxes hassle-free. Enhanced Website Earlier this year, we launched a new DOR homepage, making it faster now to find exactly what you need to file and   …Continue Reading Your Mass State Taxes Made Easier

EITC – Helping Low and Moderate Income Families in MA Posted on Jan 29

EITC, also known as the Earned Income Tax Credit, has been helping low to moderate income families in Massachusetts and across the country for over 40 years. In recent months, Governor Charlie Baker and members of the Legislature have worked hard to ensure that working   …Continue Reading EITC – Helping Low and Moderate Income Families in MA

What’s New with MassTaxConnect? Posted on Aug 13

MassTaxConnect for Massachusetts Business Taxpayers  Available November 30, 2015!   Things are about to get easier and faster for Massachusetts business taxpayers.  MassTaxConnect will replace WebFile for Business later this year and will feature the best of what WFB offers plus state-of-the-art enhancements to make tax   …Continue Reading What’s New with MassTaxConnect?

The Top Ten Benefits of “MassTaxConnect” for Business Taxpayers Posted on Jul 30

The Top Ten Benefits of “MassTaxConnect” for Business Taxpayers

Getting to know DOR’s New, Modernized Filing System As you may have heard, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue is revamping the way the business taxpayers can file taxes in the Commonwealth.  This new filing system, MassTaxConnect, offers taxpayers a state-of-the-art tax administration system that will   …Continue Reading The Top Ten Benefits of “MassTaxConnect” for Business Taxpayers

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

Shopper’s Beware: Gift Cards Are Tax Free Posted on Dec 18

Gift Certificates and cards are among the most popular presents to give and receive around this time of the year. But don’t pay more for the cards than you have to. DOR is reminding shoppers that gift cards are the same as a gift of cash and are not subject to the 6.25% Massachusetts   …Continue Reading Shopper’s Beware: Gift Cards Are Tax Free

DOR Expedites Abatements for Vendors Who Paid Sales Tax on Computer and Software Services Posted on Nov 7

Even though the state repealed the tax in late September, more than 250 vendors filed returns submitting nearly $800,000 in sales and use tax on computer and software services. Because the law was repealed retroactively to the date the tax took effect, vendors are entitled to   …Continue Reading DOR Expedites Abatements for Vendors Who Paid Sales Tax on Computer and Software Services

It’s Flexible Spending Account Open Enrollment Time — Save on Taxes! Posted on Nov 1

  Employees and Employers Save on Taxes with These Options Guest Editorial by Cindy McGrath, Communications Director, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission Fall means open enrollment time for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), a tax savings shelter for employees and employers.  If you are an   …Continue Reading It’s Flexible Spending Account Open Enrollment Time — Save on Taxes!

Business Feedback Drives DOR to Reform Combined Reporting Schedules Posted on Oct 30

“Too confusing”, “unnecessary” and “takes too long ” are just some of the comments DOR heard from taxpayers and practitioners who use Form 335U for combined reporting on corporate tax returns.  DOR collected the feedback on 355U and its long list of schedules through a series of meetings   …Continue Reading Business Feedback Drives DOR to Reform Combined Reporting Schedules

Individual Mandate Penalties for 2013 Posted on Aug 7

Individual Mandate Penalties for 2013

Technical Information Release 13-9 Each year the Department of Revenue issues an updated penalty schedule for individuals who fail to comply with the requirements under the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act. DOR has announced this year’s penalty schedule applicable only to adults who are deemed   …Continue Reading Individual Mandate Penalties for 2013