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State legislature says Massachusetts tax breaks too generous

The state of Massachusetts returns an estimated $26 billion in tax breaks each year. That means, the state could have an additional $26 billion in the coffers if it changed its various tax incentives and exemptions for businesses. A panel convened last year by Gov. Patrick and the state legislature called the Tax Expenditure Commission approved the group's final report calling from less tax breaks and a periodic review of our current tax breaks to ensure they are meeting goals.

If I close my foreign bank account, do I have to report it?

Closing your foreign bank account does not excuse you from disclosing it. With the end of the offshore bank account amnesty program called the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, the consequences for not disclosing your foreign bank accounts is even greater. Transparency is truly the best policy. Those who do not follow these 10 rules may face at least five years in prison, three years of supervised probation and up to $250,000 in fines and fees.

Taxes done? What to keep and what to toss

As I'm sure you've heard Bostonians do not need to file taxes until Tuesday, April 17. While taxes are typically due on April 15, that date falls on a Sunday. Obviously, Monday would be the next logical choice. But this year Monday, April 16 is a Massachusetts state holiday, Patriots' Day. Or in other circles, Marathon Monday. (Since 1969, we've had three-day weekends during April's third week.) Monday, April 16, also happens to Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C., and our IRS offices are also closed on Monday.

Worcester federal jury convicts three for IRS fraud, conspiracy

Three people, including a Norwood man, were sentenced in Worcester federal district court for conspiracies to defraud the U.S. using several tax fraud schemes. Released wearing electronic monitoring devices, they are awaiting sentencing in June. All three were found guilty of participating in an "under the table" payroll scam and the use of "underground warehouse banking." Both charges are defined by conspiracy and fraud and were used to hide income and assets from the Internal Revenue Service. The Norwood man was also convicted of tax evasion.

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