Massachusetts law about taxation

A compilation of laws, regulations, cases, web sources, and print sources on taxation law in general. For specific tax topics, like estate tax, property tax, or small business taxes, see Related section, below.

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Massachusetts laws

New: 2022 Personal income and corporate excise tax law changes
Here you will find descriptions of major Massachusetts Personal Income (Chapter 62) and Corporate Excise (Chapter 63) tax law changes for tax year 2022.

Article XLIV of the Massachusetts Constitution
Grants power and authority to the General Court to impose and levy a tax on income.

  • Amended by Question 1 ("Millionaires Tax"), which was enacted by the people on November 8th, 2022 and is applicable to all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2023.

MGL c.58-c.65C Taxation

  • c.58 General provisions relative to taxation 
  • c.58A Appellate Tax Board
  • c.59 Assessment of local taxes
  • c.60 Collection of local taxes. See also, amended section:
    • § 79 Sale without foreclosure; inquiries (effective April 2, 2023)
  • c.60A Excise tax on registered motor vehicles
  • c.60B Excise on boats, ships and vessels
  • c.61 Classification and taxation of forest lands and forest products
  • c.61A Assessment and taxation of agricultural and horticultural land
  • c.61B Classification and taxation of recreational land
  • c.62 Income tax. See also, amended sections:

Massachusetts regulations

830 CMR Department of Revenue

Selected case law

Citrix Systems, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue, 484 Mass. 87 (2020)
Fees charged for subscriptions to use online software products are subject to Massachusetts sales tax.

South Dakota v. Wayfair, 138 S. Ct. 2080 (2018)
A state can require an out-of-state seller with no physical presence in the state to collect sales taxes on goods the seller ships to consumers in the state.

Agencies and forms

Web sources

Business personal property tax:

Donating a car to charity, Mass. Attorney General.
Provides "tips to consider when deciding whether to donate your car to charity."

DOR Directive 89-3: Divorce judgment nisi and filing status, Mass. Dept. of Revenue.
"Since the material (and tax) status of a divorced or divorcing individual depends on the nature of the judgment of divorce in effect at the close of the tax year, if the judgment nisi is in effect at that time, the taxpayer is married and must file either jointly or as married filing separately. If the judgment nisi has then become absolute, the taxpayer's filing status is 'single'."

Health care reform information, Mass. Dept. of Revenue.
Includes information on the tax implications of health care reform, with forms and more, for individuals, employers and insurance carriers.

Legal library, Mass. Dept. of Revenue.
Includes TIRs, Directives, Revenue Rulings, Regulations and more.

Personal income tax, Mass. Dept. of Revenue.

Sales tax on meals, Mass. Dept. of Revenue.
It describes the tax, what types of transactions are taxable, and what a vendor must do to comply with the law.

Tax notes federal tax law library
Includes the current Internal Revenue Code, the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, proposed, final and temporary regulations, rules for practicing before the IRS, Treasury decisions, IRS guidance and private rulings, court and legislative documents, and more.

Tax rates, Mass. Dept. of Revenue.
"provides a graph of the different tax rates and brackets in Massachusetts."

Trust reformations: Bosch litigation
Procedure for Probate and Family Court. The resolution of these cases is meant to assist the parties in their dealings with the Internal Revenue Service by deciding a matter of state law that will be binding on federal authorities.

Print sources

Every Airbnb host's tax guide by Stephen Fishman, Nolo, 2021.

Every landlord's tax deduction guide by Stephen Fishman, Nolo, 2022.

Every nonprofit's tax guide : how to keep your tax-exempt status & avoid IRS problems by Stephen Fishman, Nolo, 2018.

Official MASSTAX guide, West, annual.

Stand Up to the IRS by Frederick W. Daily, Nolo, 2021.

Surviving an IRS tax audit by Frederick W. Daily, Nolo, 2013.

Tax deductions for professionals by Stephen Fishman, Nolo, 2021.

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Last updated: January 30, 2023

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