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New tax results in confusion in Massachusetts

Business owners in Massachusetts may have heard about a controversial new tax law. A 6.25 percent sales tax may apply to software or computer services that are not 100 percent proprietary. Many have expressed confusion about the new tax, as well as opposition to it. Those that sell software complain that the tax code is vague about what software or services are or are not to be taxed.

Former U.S. Rep. pleads guilty to tax fraud

Former United States representative Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, a former alderman, will be heading to prison after admitting to being involved in misusing campaign funds. In February, the pair pleaded guilty to several tax crimes. If a Massachusetts citizen is found guilty of a federal tax crime, they could also be the recipient of a prison sentence.

Powerball winners share a $448M jackpot with the IRS

Three lottery players have hit the Powerball jackpot and will share a $448 million prize. All three of the winners purchased tickets and picked five numbers between 1 and 59, as well as a Powerball number from 1 to 35. The jackpot, which was expected to be $425 million during the final days, grew by $23 million in the final hours.

Handling tax problems

Massachusetts residents who owe the IRS money may be tempted to get in touch with services that promise to save them 90 cents on the dollar. However, most of these deals are too good to be true. When individuals are worried about tax audits, they may end up feeling desperate, but it is important to handle a tax problem in the correct manner. Those who are having issues with their taxes should contact the IRS, look into payment options and seek assistance from a professional.

State officer owes $150k in back taxes

The chief information officer for the Massachusetts State Legislature and his wife allegedly owe nearly $150,000 in back taxes, according to the Internal Revenue Service. The man's earnings from the state over the last three years totaled more than $1.1 million and he likely had additional income from his information technology consulting company. The IRS filed liens last year for the taxes owed for the 2010 and 2011 tax years. It is not known whether these taxes are owed on earnings from the state or from business profit.

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