Guidelines, Opinions and Advisories

DLS and DOR issues guidelines and other legal guidance and information periodically.

DLS Guidance

All Informational Guideline Releases (IGRs), Local Finance Opinions (LFOs) and Bulletins issued during the calendar year appear below.  Prior year IGRs, LFOs and Bulletins can be accessed through the DLS Gateway application under search DLSLaw Library.

Informational Guideline Releases (IGRs) - publication that outlines a policy, administrative procedure, or provides a law update related to municipal finance.

Local Finance Opinions (LFOs) - publication that addresses a specific municipal finance law issue.

Bulletins - publication that includes announcements and other useful information for local officials and municipal finance professionals.

DOR Guidance

Regulations - interpret the statutory provisions governing taxation and set forth Departmental procedures.  A regulation has been adopted by the Department via a public hearing and approve by the Secretary of the Administration and Finance.  It also is filed with the Office of the Secretary of State and appears under the arrangement of the official Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMRs).

Technical Information Release (TIRs) - inform taxpayers and tax practitioners of DOR's response to changes in federal or state tax laws or to court decisions interpreting those laws. A TIR states the official position of the Department of Revenue, has the status of precedent in the disposition of cases unless revoked or modified, and may be relied upon by taxpayers in situations where the facts, circumstances and issues presented are substantially similar to those in the TIR.

Guidelines, Opinions and Advisories

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