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Congress lets a number of tax breaks expire

Many Massachusetts companies and individuals are once again in the dark as to whether they will receive certain tax credits during 2014. One of the side effects of a Congress that is deeply divided on budgeting issues is that 55 tax credits expired at the end of 2013. While it is expected that most will be renewed, there is no guarantee this will be the case.

Restaurant seized for alleged failure to pay taxes

Massachusetts residents who enjoyed a restaurant located in Andover for the last decade will be sad to hear that the establishment is no longer in business. The demise of Dylan's Bar & Grill is the result of a tax collection case instituted by the state against it.

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.

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.

Questions remain regarding federal same-sex benefits

Although same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts and in 12 other states, many people are waiting for a final decision from the IRS regarding tax and Social Security benefits after the Supreme Court voted to end the Defense of Marriage Act in June. People in 37 other states are in limbo as they wait to see how the IRS will address tax matters, such as tax refund claims. Although DOMA has been repealed, the exact application of that ruling is still unclear.

G-8 suggests world standards for tax reporting

The Group of Eight or G8 Leadership are leaders of several nations that meet to agree on policies that affect many aspects of finances and business in Boston, the United States and other countries. G-8 leaders have agreed to work toward a new global standard to prevent secrecy in international banking and make tax collection cases easier for prosecutors.

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