Reminder: The Tax Amnesty Program Is Going on Now!

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue is currently holding a two-month amnesty program designed to encourage the payment of delinquent taxes by individuals and businesses. The program runs through October 31 and applies to certain tax liabilities billed on or before July 1, 2014. It covers a variety of individual and business tax types. Qualified taxpayers have already received a Tax Amnesty Notice in the mail, which provides them with a period balance, amount of unpaid penalty to be waived if paid by the due date and the amnesty amount due. For more information about the program, check out the DOR amnesty and

Understanding Tax Penalties

DOR has developed a free e-learning course, Introduction to Penalties, covering topics associated with failing to comply with Massachusetts tax laws. The hour-long course includes information about the types of penalties, when they are applied, the difference between penalties and interest and when a penalty might be waived under Massachusetts General Law. Throughout the course, participants will have the opportunity to answer multiple choice questions to check their knowledge. After completing the course, participants can play a game to assess their overall learning. With a passing score, participants can print a personalized certificate of completion. This e-learning course is available on DOR’s public webpage in the Online Courses Section.