Sarah Beard

Sarah Beard

Pierce Atwood LLP

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Massachusetts Unveils Limited Amnesty Program

Beginning March 16, 2015, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue is offering an aptly described “limited” amnesty program for taxpayers with certain tax liabilities. Technical Information Release 15-2....more

3/20/2015 - Department of Revenue Tax Amnesty

Maine Governor Proposes Major State Tax Restructuring

Maine Governor Paul LePage has proposed a major restructuring of Maine’s tax system as part of his FY 2016-2017 budget submission. Generally, the governor’s proposal decreases the state’s reliance on income tax revenue and...more

1/15/2015 - Income Taxes Sales & Use Tax State Budgets State Taxes Tax Reform Tax Revenues

Maine Tax Alert: Interesting Tax Changes Made By Maine's 126th Legislature (And One By Maine Revenue)

The 2nd Regular Session of the 126th Legislature has adjourned and as usual the Taxation Committee had a number of issues to address. However, unlike last session, the issues tended to be narrow and targeted, as opposed to...more

5/19/2014 - Income Taxes State Budgets State Taxes Tax Reform

Maine Tax Alert: Legislature Moves To Slash Pine Tree Zone Benefits And R&D Super Credit

The Supplemental Budget just released by the Legislature (LD 1843), if passed as written, may hurt Pine Tree Zone Business as well as businesses that engage in a substantial amount of research and development in Maine....more

3/24/2014 - State Budgets State Taxes Tax Credits

Maine Legislators Take Aim At "Offshore Tax Havens"

Maine legislators have introduced legislation (LD 1120) to “close offshore tax loopholes.” The U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s report, "Closing the Billion Dollar Loophole," estimates that Maine could save $14 million...more

2/7/2014 - Offshore Funds Tax Evasion Tax Haven

Massachusetts Repeals Controversial Software Services And Computer System Design Tax

Massachusetts Tax Alert - This summer we alerted you that Massachusetts had broadened its sales tax to apply to certain computer and software services. The so-called “tech tax” generated substantial criticism,...more

10/8/2013 - Business Taxes Repeal Technology

Massachusetts Changes Income Tax Apportionment Rules And Enacts Sales Tax On Software Services And Computer System Design Services

Massachusetts Tax Alert - The transportation finance bill recently passed by the Massachusetts Legislature contains a number of significant tax changes....more

8/14/2013 - Apportionment Income Taxes Sales & Use Tax Software

Maine Budget Contains Significant Tax Changes

Averting a potential government shutdown, the Legislature voted to override Governor LePage’s veto of the biennial budget....more

7/1/2013 - Income Taxes Property Tax Sales & Use Tax State Budgets

Sweeping Maine Tax Reform Proposal Announced

A bipartisan group of 11 legislators have proposed an overhaul of Maine’s tax system, including major changes to the individual and corporate income tax, property tax, sales tax, and estate tax. ...more

5/3/2013 - Estate Tax Income Taxes Property Tax Sales & Use Tax Tax Reform Transfer Taxes

Maine Supreme Court Clarifies Property Tax Exemption For Non-Profits

In a case watched closely by Maine’s non-profit organizations, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has held that Hebron Academy, a private secondary school, was exempt from property tax on its various school buildings. The...more

2/7/2013 - Exemptions Property Tax

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