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Volume 26, Issue 9   December 2016 - #2

 

Maine Revenue Services (“MRS”) Rulemaking Activity

Rule 805 proposed amendments.  MRS Rule 805 establishes procedures for filing of composite returns of income by partnerships, estates, trusts, and S corporations on behalf of partners, beneficiaries, or shareholders. In addition to technical, nonsubstantive changes, the Rule is being revised to reflect the decrease in the individual income tax rate as established in 36 M.R.S.   5111(1-E) for tax years beginning in 2016.

Rule 806 proposed amendments.  MRS is proposing to amend Rule 806 (“Nonresident Individual Income Tax”).  Rule 806, last amended in 2012, provides comprehensive definitions and explanations of statutory terms and procedures for nonresident individual income tax filers.  The Rule is edited to include minor formatting changes to be consistent with other Bureau of Revenue Services Rules and to update references to M.R.S.A. and MRSA to M.R.S. New section .03(G) is added to reflect that compensation or income earned by nonresident taxpayers that is directly related to a declared state disaster or emergency is exempt from Maine tax if the taxpayer‘s only presence in Maine is for the sole purpose of providing disaster relief.  The remaining provisions are renumbered accordingly. The application date of the amended Rule is changed to accommodate the effective date of the exemption of disaster relief income.

Rule 807 proposed amendments. MRS is proposing to amend Rule 807 (“Residency”).  Rule 807, last amended in 2012, explains standards for determining Maine residency for income tax purposes.  The following changes are being made to the proposed Rule. Section .08 is reformatted, clarifies that military pay earned by a Maine resident servicemember for active duty service performed outside Maine under written military orders is not taxed in Maine and makes a technical change to correct an erroneous reference.

The proposed changes for Rules 805, 806, and 807 can be seen at www.maine.gov/revenue/rules/ under Proposed Changes. Comments on the proposed changes should be sent by January 13, 2017 to Heather Popadak, Income/Estate Tax Division at heather.o.popadak@maine.gov, 207-624-9999, or Maine Revenue Services, P.O. Box 9106, Augusta, Maine 04332-9106.

 

2017 Maine Income Tax Withholding Tables

The 2017 Withholding Tables for Individual Income Tax have been published.  The tables are available online at www.maine.gov/revenue/forms/with/2017/17_WH_Tab&instructions.pdf.  For questions on the tables, call the MRS withholding unit at (207) 626-8475, select option 1 and then option 4, or email withholding.tax@maine.gov.

 

Fraud Alert

If you believe you are a victim of identity theft or that a breach of personally identifiable information has occurred, contact MRS at (207) 626-8475 or email fraudalert.mrs@maine.gov as soon as possible. Timely notification assists MRS in preventing fraudulent tax refunds.


Department
Telephone Numbers
FAX Numbers
Email Addresses
Taxpayer Service Center
(207) 626-8475
(207) 287-5855
Central Registration
(207) 624-5644
(207) 287-6975
taxregistration@maine.gov
Collections & Compliance
(207) 624-9595
(207) 287-6627
compliance.tax@maine.gov
Corporate Tax
(207) 624-9670
(207) 624-9694
corporate.tax@maine.gov
E-file Help Desk (1040 ONLY)
(207) 624-9730
(207) 287-6628
efile.helpdesk@maine.gov
Electronic Funds Transfer
(207) 624-5625
(207) 287-3618
efunds.transfer@maine.gov
Estate & Fiduciary Income Tax
(207) 626-8480
(207) 624-9694
estatetax@maine.gov
Fuel Tax
(207) 624-9609
(207) 287-6628
fuel.tax@maine.gov
Forms Request Line
(207) 624-7894
Individual Income Tax Assistance
(207) 626-8475
(207) 624-9694
income.tax@maine.gov
Insurance Premium Tax
(207) 624-9753
(207) 624-9694
Payment Plan/Income Tax
(207) 621-4300
(207) 621-4328
compliance.tax@maine.gov
Payment Plan/Other
(207) 624-9595
(207) 287-6627
compliance.tax@maine.gov
Practitioners’ Hotline
(207) 626-8458
(207) 624-9694
Property Tax
(207) 624-5600
(207) 287-6396
prop.tax@maine.gov
Sales Tax
(207) 624-9693
(207) 287-6628
sales.tax@maine.gov
Tax Clearance Letters
(207) 624-9595
(207) 287-6627
Office of Tax Policy
(207) 624-9677
(207) 287-3618
Taxpayer Advocate
(207) 624-9649
(207) 287-3618
taxpayer.advocate@maine.gov
Withholding Tax
(207) 626-8475
(207) 624-9694
withholding.tax@maine.gov
Tax Violations Hot Line
(207) 624-9600

This publication is designed to keep taxpayers, tax practitioners and the general public informed of developments, problems, questions and matters of general interest concerning Maine tax law, policy and procedure. The articles in this newsletter are not designed to address complex issues in detail, and they are not a substitute for Maine tax laws and/or regulations.

   

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