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Audit Audit of the Appellate Tax Board (ATB)

The audit shows that the ATB's resolution of cases through mediation has helped it process those cases more efficiently, but is underutilized. The audit examined the period of July 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019.

Organization: Office of the State Auditor
Date published: February 9, 2021

Executive Summary

In accordance with Section 12 of Chapter 11 of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Office of the State Auditor has conducted a performance audit of the Appellate Tax Board (ATB) for the period July 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019. In this performance audit, we examined the cycle time of closed appeals, as well as ATB’s compliance with Section 4 of Chapter 58A of the General Laws, which requires ATB to file annual reports with the Legislature.

Below is a summary of our finding and recommendation, with links to each page listed.

Finding 1
 

ATB did not submit required information to the Legislature.

Recommendation
 

ATB should file reports containing all of the required elements annually with the Legislature.

 

A PDF copy of the audit of the Appellate Tax Board is available here.

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