Changes in the law regarding tax liens are coming to the Boston, Massachusetts, area. Landlords in downtown Boston's Business Improvement District used to have a choice if they wanted to pay a voluntary tax that was based on their real estate assessment or if they preferred not to pay it. However, new changes now require landlords to pay this tax. Additionally, the tax will now be charged on a retroactive basis. Landlords who chose not to pay into the BID program will now have to pay the tax or face stiff consequences in the form of a tax lien being placed on their property in 2015. The relevant area that applies to the tax lien situation includes an area of 34 blocks in the Downtown Crossing and adjacent areas. It also includes areas of the Theatre District and the Financial District. There are currently 308 property owners.
A New England charity aimed at helping to keep the local dairy economy going is having to clean up a little spilled milk. Improper business formation and planning has forced the group to reorganize as s 501C3 Corporation and pay more than a third of its earnings in taxes. However, because it was a self-imposed audit that recognized the mistakes, the IRS is not seeking any punitive tax collection actions.
A Chelsea business man with at least three different business entities is under investigation by the Massachusetts Secretary of State's office and the Boston office of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Civil charges were brought against the man who was once a Chelsea Planning Committee member, alleging that he never registered with the state as an investment adviser. State authorities say the man never officially registered his companies and certainly none of them were registered to sell securities.
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.
A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) inspector is now facing tax crimes charges, as prosecutors claim that he lied on state income tax forms. The man was also indicted by a Suffolk County Grand Jury on several charges of larceny.
It's hard to overstate the importance of filing a timely and accurate tax return with the IRS, but many low-income individuals and families are often hard-pressed to afford good tax advice. Yet according to the community organization Chelsea Neighborhood Developers (CND), on average, IRS tax refunds represent 9 percent of low-income households' total income for the year.
Boston news reports confirm that reality TV star Richard Hatch is going behind bars once again in relation to his tax evasion charges from 2005. Recently, Hatch appeared on the hit TV show Celebrity Apprentice. However, he is best known for winning the show Survivor in the year 2000. 49-year-old Hatch received orders to return to prison for nine months for continually neglecting to pay taxes on the prize money of $1 million he won on Survivor. He is scheduled to begin his sentence on Monday.