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Mark Nunnelly Leaving Position as DOR Commissioner – DOR Now Seeking 3rd Commissioner in Less Than 2 years

Governor Charlie Baker’s office announced in a press release today that Mark Nunnelly has accepted a new role as Executive Director of MassIT, the state technology office, beginning April 4.  In that role, Mr. Nunnelly is expected to lead an effort to “revamp and improve” the way that people interact online with government on matters … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Department of Revenue Launches Pilot Program for Settling Uncertain Tax Issues—Lack of Anonymity in Settlement Process a Concern

Continuing its efforts to improve the process for resolving tax disputes in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue has released final AP 637 Voluntary Disclosure Program for Settlement of Uncertain Tax Issues (Click Here) outlining a new pilot program for settling “uncertain tax issues” through its voluntary disclosure program.  (Click Here for a redline showing the modest … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Joint Committee Hears Testimony Yesterday on Bill to Ban Use of Contingent Fee Auditors

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight heard testimony on Senate Bill 1710, a bill that would prohibit the use of contingent fee auditors by state agencies, including the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (the “Department”). As the name suggests, such auditors get paid a fee which is contingent on the … Continue Reading

Report from the Boston Bar Association Annual Tax Conference

The Boston Bar Association held its annual tax conference this past Thursday, and as always the BBA pulled together a great lineup of practitioners, legislators, and Department of Revenue officials to discuss the latest in Massachusetts state tax.  The event was broken into four sections; one each on tax policy, litigation, and administrative updates, as … Continue Reading

Silver Tsunami Quickly Approaching Department of Revenue Thanks to Early Retirement Incentive Program

On May 4, 2015, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill creating an early retirement incentive program for Massachusetts state employees. Under the incentive plan, employees choosing to retire effective June 30, 2015, will be eligible to add up to five years to either their age or years of service, in order to increase … Continue Reading

Governor Baker Names Mark Nunnelly New Commissioner of Revenue

Today, Mark Nunnelly, a former Managing Director of Bain Capital, was named the new Commissioner of the Department of Revenue. Mr. Nunnelly replaces outgoing Commissioner Amy Pitter effective March 30, 2015. Mr. Nunnelly has also been named special advisor to Governor Baker for technology and innovation competitiveness. In this capacity he will work with Governor … Continue Reading

Department of Revenue releases detailed guidance for corporate excise tax amnesty program

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue released TIR 15-2 specifying the administrative details of the amnesty program authorized by the legislature earlier this year. The amnesty period is open now through May 15, 2015, for eligible taxpayers who owe corporate excise taxes (business corporations, as well as financial institutions, and insurance companies); estate taxes; fiduciary income taxes; … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Market Sourcing Update: Report from Public Hearing on Market Sourcing and Special Industry Apportionment Regulations

Today, the Department of Revenue held a hearing for the public to present comment regarding the Department’s proposed market sourcing regulation.  In addition, the proposed special industry apportionment regulations for Airline Corporations, Motor Carriers, and Courier and Package Delivery Services; and the proposed corporate nexus regulation were also addressed at today’s hearing.  The proposed regulations were … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation Tax Conference Report

On October 31, 2014, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation put on their annual tax conference with panels comprised of a mix of tax practitioners and government officials covering the latest issues in Massachusetts taxes.  As always, the conference provided great content and an opportunity for taxpayers, practitioners and government officials to get up-to-speed on the latest … Continue Reading

Tax Amnesty Program Becomes Law; Will Be Offered During Fall of 2014

As part of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, the Commonwealth has established a tax amnesty program.  The amnesty period will last from September 2 through October 31, 2014.  If a taxpayer pays delinquent taxes during the amnesty period, the Department of Revenue will waive any associated penalties.  The program will cover unpaid sales and use, … Continue Reading

DOR Preparing for “Silver Tsunami”

Facing large-scale human capital losses in the next few years, the Department of Revenue has joined forces with Bunker Hill Community College (“BHCC”) to prepare for the retirement of baby boomers – the so-called “silver tsunami.” Over the next five years, the Department expects approximately 500 employees to retire.  According to Commissioner Amy Pitter, this … Continue Reading
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