Author Archives: Yechiel Robinson

For Vendors Making Internet Sales to Massachusetts Customers-A New Proposed Regulation Expands the Definition of Tax Nexus

by Yale Yechiel N. Robinson, Esq. A new regulation in Massachusetts, 830 CMR 64H.1.7, will expand the definition of tax nexus for out-of-state vendors making internet sales to Massachusetts customers.  The regulation will become effective on October 1, 2017. Online sellers are subject to the new regulation if they meet the ...

“Drop Shipment” Sales Tax Rule Is Held Constitutional

In D & H Distributors, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue (July 31, 2017), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) upheld the imposition of sales tax against a wholesaler that delivered goods directly to consumers in “drop shipment” transactions.

Federal Tax Reform Legislation in 2017: Comments by Attorney Morris N. Robinson

Attorney Morris N. Robinson, the Managing Director of M. Robinson Tax Law in Boston, recently published an op-ed titled: Viewpoint: A 15 percent tax rate on business would maximize economic growth (Boston Business Journal, May 5, 2017, subscription required).

IRS is Hacked, Again!

IRS is Hacked, Again!

The Massachusetts Tax Alert™

Yale Yechiel N. Robinson, Esq.

April 7, 2017

            The New York Times reported yesterday that identity thieves may have compromised up to 100,000 U.S. taxpayer accounts.  The criminals apparently took advantage of a software tool that ...

IRS Agent Discusses the Look-Back Period for Filing Delinquent International Information Returns

We represent a client who may need to file delinquent international information returns under the IRS Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures.  These procedures invite taxpayers who meet the specified criteria to “file the delinquent information returns with a statement of all facts establishing reasonable cause for the failure to file.” 

IRS Begins Private Debt Collection of Back Taxes: What You Need to Know

IRS Begins Private Debt Collection of Back Taxes: What You Need to Know

The Massachusetts Tax Alert™

Yale Yechiel N. Robinson, Esq.

April 5, 2017

            The IRS announced on April 4, 2017 that it will soon authorize four private debt collection companies to send ...

Flynn v. Commissioner of Revenue: What Are the Prerequisites for a Massachusetts Tax Appeal?

Recent decisions by the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board (ATB) illustrate that a taxpayer must fulfill three prerequisites in order to obtain ATB jurisdiction in tax appeals against the Commissioner of Revenue:
  • File all required tax returns.
  • File a Form CA-6: Application for Abatement, with the Department of Revenue. The CA-6 filing
  • ...

    IRS Raises Safe Harbor Threshold and Simplifies Recordkeeping for Small Businesses to Deduct Certain Expenditures

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on November 24, 2015 that it has raised the safe harbor threshold for small businesses to deduct certain capital expenditures from $500 to $2,500. The $2,500 threshold applies to small businesses that do not have audited financial statements.  For larger businesses with audited financial ...

    Bank of America as Trustee v. Commissioner of Revenue: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Will Hear Case in 2016

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) will hear the appeal of Bank of America against the Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue in 2016. The SJC accepted Bank of America’s application for Direct Appellate Review on November 12, 2015. The current docket number is SJC-11995.

    Face-to-Face: Best Practice to Visit the IRS in Person

    Introduction Speaking to an IRS agent face-to-face can be more efficient than calling an IRS telephone hotline or sending mail to an IRS processing center. I learned the benefit of face-to-face interaction when I visited the IRS office in Boston on November 3, 2015.