People who work for the Internal Revenue Service in Massachusetts and at its other locations around the country are required to pay income taxes like everyone else. Unlike other federal agencies, the IRS requires its all of its workers to be in full compliance by timely filing their returns and either paying in full all amounts owed or entering into approved installment arrangements. However, a report recently released by the agency's inspector general showed that nearly 700 contract workers owe a combined total of $5.4 million in taxes. Over half of those are supposedly ineligible to work for the IRS because they have not enrolled in an installment plan to get them caught up.
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.
The Massachusetts Revenue Department announced that tax revenue for the fiscal year that ended June 30 was up $600 million over last year. Total 2012 tax collections throughout the state were more than $21.1 billion, up 2.9 percent over 2011. Those numbers exceeded projections by about $107 million thanks to sales taxes, corporate and business taxes and motor vehicle sales taxes.
Recently, a Massachusetts firefighter was suspended after he was arrested on charges of tax evasion and fraud. He was indicted on three counts of tax evasion for the years 2007-2009. According to the indictment, he refused to file tax returns on his earnings.