Massachusetts ~ Multiple Taxes: Additional Taxpayers Required to File Electronically in 2016

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has issued a technical information release (TIR) announcing that, effective January 1, 2016, additional taxpayers will be required to file and pay their taxes electronically. The taxpayers impacted by the new requirements are: (1) new business registrants for the following excises: alcoholic beverages, cigarettes and tobacco, gasoline and fuel, ferry embarkation, satellite service, or Convention Center financing surcharges; (2) businesses with combined annual liability for wage withholding, sales and use tax, and other transactional taxes at or exceeding $5,000; (3) certain businesses and organizations, including financial institutions, urban redevelopment excise filers and 501(c) corporations, reporting annual gross income of $100,000 or more on their corporate excise returns; (4) insurance companies; (5) new and renewal applicants for tobacco retailer licenses; and (6) new and renewal applicants for distributors, importers and exporters of gasoline and user-sellers or suppliers of special fuels licenses. According to the Department, it will have in place all systems necessary for taxpayers to comply with the electronic filing and payment requirements by January 1, 2016.

Technical Information Release 15-9, Massachusetts Department of Revenue, October 2015, ¶401-556



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