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Filing Season Reminder: Department Guidance Regarding Massachusetts Partnership and C Corporation Tax Return Filing Due Dates

Effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2015, the due date for filing federal tax returns for C corporations and partnerships were revised.  See Public Law 114-41, the “Surface Transportation and Veterans Healthcare Choice Improvement Act of 2015”.  As shown in the table below, C Corporations now have an additional month—until April 15—to file … Continue Reading

Filing Season Reminder: Revisions (and Challenges) to Alternative Apportionment Regulation

Any taxpayers considering taking an alternative apportionment position on its corporate excise tax returns this fall should remember that the Department adopted a revised alternative apportionment regulation, 830 CMR 63.42.1, which is applicable to the 2016 tax year. Under the regulation, a taxpayer must file a request for alternative apportionment when it files its tax return.  … Continue Reading

Hearing on August 24 regarding Massachusetts Sales Tax “Cookie” Nexus Draft Regulation for Internet Vendors

Massachusetts is looking to join a growing list of states asserting that internet vendors that lack traditional “physical presence” in a state must still collect sales tax if they have sufficient economic contacts.  But unlike states that have passed “Kill Quill” statutes that challenge Quill directly, Massachusetts takes a more nuanced approach that potentially presents … 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

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 Promulgates Final Market Sourcing Regulation

This afternoon, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue promulgated its Final Regulation 830 CMR 63.38.1: Apportionment of Income, to implement the market-based sourcing rules which took effect for tax years beginning after January 1, 2014.  The final regulation can be found here: Final Market Sourcing Regulations. The Final Regulation follows a Working Draft of the same regulation which was released by … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Releases Proposed Market Sourcing and Throwout Regulations, What Does it Mean for You?

On July 24, 2013, the Massachusetts Legislature replaced the cost of performance sourcing regime with a market-based sourcing rule for all tax years starting on or after January 1, 2014. The same law also added a throwout rule.  Today, the Department released their proposed regulations to implement the market sourcing and throwout rules. Reed Smith … Continue Reading

Massachusetts DOR Announces Expanded, Permanent Tax Mediation Program

As Reed Smith reported earlier this summer, the Department of Revenue has now officially made its early mediation program permanent; and expanded the program to include audits with $250,000 or more at issue (previously over $1 million was the threshold for mediation set by Administrative Procedure 635). The early mediation program was introduced last fall … Continue Reading
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