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By adamg - 2/27/23 - 9:51 am

Gov. Healey today proposed several credits and deductions , including a new $600 credit for dependents that include children under 13 and people with disabilities or over 65 - and an increase in the rental deduction, from the current maximum of $3,000 to $4,000. Read more.

By adamg - 9/11/19 - 11:05 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the city of Boston was wrong to try tax Veolia Energy's network of steam pipes through Boston Proper, ruling that, collectively, they are parts of a "great integral machine," which have been exempt from taxation since an 1866 ruling. Read more.

By adamg - 2/5/14 - 11:12 am

City Council President Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) wants the legislature let Boston add a 6.25% tax on liquor sales at local packies to help pay for treatment programs for alcoholics and drug addicts.

The council is scheduled today to consider his request for a formal hearing on his proposal.

By Anonymous - 4/30/12 - 3:35 pm

In a recent post, The Mayor's new budget -- which raises our real estate tax the maximum amount -- I asked the question: "Do residents get good value?"

Today's Globe Editorial criticizes the city's handling of fiscal issues, in particular, school renovations:

By adamg - 1/6/12 - 6:07 pm

A federal appeals court today upheld the 3-year prison sentences given a Cape couple who stopped paying their federal taxes on the advice of their dentist.

By adamg - 1/19/10 - 7:39 pm

Leslie Rock, a Beacon Hill resident who pays AT&T roughly $30 a month to connect her iPhone to the Internet, today filed a class-action lawsuit in US District Court in Boston that charges the company is illegally collecting taxes on the service.

In her complaint, Rock seeks to establish a class of Massachusetts residents who, collectively, are owed $10 million because federal and state law prohibits taxes on Internet services. However, the suit also alleges these "thousands of individuals" are being charged both state and local sales tax on the service even though Massachusetts cities and towns have no local sales taxes.

By adamg - 8/25/09 - 1:13 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the state can't force companies in New Hampshire to collect the Massachusetts sales tax on sales to Massachusetts residents (so New Hampshire can continue to proclaim Tax Free or Die).

By adamg - 7/29/09 - 4:20 pm

The Boston City Council discussed Mayor Menino's proposal to raise local meals and hotel-room taxes, but took no action on the plan so that its Committee on Government Operations can hold a hearing in August - standard procedure under council rules for new business.

Menino has proposed a 0.75% meals tax - on top of the 6.25% state tax going into effect on Saturday - and an increase of 2 percentage points in the current tax on hotel rooms. The council's Committee on Government Operations will host a hearing in early to mid August.

By GarrettQuinn - 7/29/09 - 3:44 pm

So Doug Bennett is at it again and this time instead of stickers on street lights it's holding up signs at city council meetings.


Doug really needs to get a steady cameraman or at least invest in a tripod.

By adamg - 6/29/09 - 5:03 pm

Because the sales tax goes up to 6.25% on Aug. 1. Also, aid to cities and towns goes down.

By neilv - 5/31/09 - 5:30 am

The Sunday Globe has a well-researched report on the value of tax exemptions and other financial breaks enjoyed by area hospital companies.

The piece gives context, and raises the question of whether hospitals should be paying more to the local government.

By adamg - 5/22/09 - 9:11 am

The Outraged Liberal makes the case against Therese Murray.

Jay Fitzgerald hopes the governor doesn't go for her bait.

By zbert - 5/7/09 - 11:36 am

Weren't "user fees" levied by governments known as "taxes" back in the day?
Well, no more of that. The Commonwealth is seeing a "light" at the end of a tunnel thanks to the invention of "user fees".

The Globe's headline writer and reporter Matt Viser are willing accomplices in spreading the myth that user fees are not taxes though, curiously, most of those quoted in the article itself refer to "taxes." Expect that language to change.

By adamg - 4/30/09 - 11:25 am

Who knew the state legislature was full of such delicate flowers?

By adamg - 4/28/09 - 8:05 am

House passes sales-tax increase by veto-proof margin.

Mike Ball asks that you call your legislators and tell them that's meaningless without reform: Don't let those clowns think they've done enough!

The Outraged Liberal says Patrick could win the war for losing this battle: Patrick either ultimately gets the reforms he wants from the legislature or he has a ready-made issue to use against Republican Christy Mihos next year:

... Higher turnpike polls become lawmakers' problems and they will have hell to pay for the next round of MBTA service cuts and fare hikes. Not to mention they will own the crumbling roads and bridges.

Patrick's popularity numbers may be in the tank, but no politician has ever gone wrong running against the legislature or Congress. The beleaguered Patrick has put an important downpayment on his campaign by taking a stand here. ...

Blue Mass. Group has the roll call vote.

By adamg - 4/23/09 - 8:39 am

The Outraged Liberal analyzes the apparent consensus in the legislature to raise just the sales tax, and that by 20%, even though that would hit the poor harder than people at the upper ends of the income spectrum.

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