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Volume 26, Issue 3   June 2016


Maine Revenue Services Rulemaking Activity

Amended Rule 603, “Maine Estate Tax After 2012.” Maine Revenue Services (MRS) has amended Rule 603 (“Maine Estate Tax After 2012”). The rule explains in further detail the estate tax laws of the State of Maine for estates of decedents dying on or after January 1, 2013. In addition to miscellaneous technical changes, MRS amended an incorrect section reference to the Internal Revenue Code. A copy of the rule can be found on the MRS website at


MRS to Purge Older I-Filed Tax Returns

Withholding and Unemployment Tax Returns
Sales/Use and Service Provider Tax Returns

Beginning in August, MRS plans to purge Withholding and Unemployment Tax returns and Sales Tax and Service Provider Tax returns filed electronically using the MRS I-File system that are more than four years old. This step is being taken as part of an effort to make the system more efficient and to reduce any security risk to confidential taxpayer data. The purging of these returns does not change the statutory requirement that taxpayers must retain detailed records for a period of at least 6 years. Once the purge is completed, copies of returns filed more than four years ago will no longer be available through I-File.


Sales Tax Instructional Bulletin Changes

In recent months a number of sales tax Instructional Bulletins have been revised or discontinued, and further changes are planned for the near future. 

1) Bulletins that have been updated for increased clarity or to incorporate statutory changes include Nos.: 1 (Service Stations and Auto Repair Shops); 2 (Funeral Directors); 3 (Photographers and Photofinishers); 22 (Manufacturers); 23 (Packing, Packaging and Shipping Materials); 36 (Exempt Organizations and Government Agencies); 41 (Medicines, Medical Equipment and Prosthetic Devices); 46 (Fabrication Services); 51 (Veterinarians); and 53 (Repairs and Warranties). Obsolete affidavit forms have been removed from some of these bulletins. 

2) Recently discontinued bulletins include Nos. 11 (Barbers and Beauticians); 16 (Financial Institutions); 18 (Stonecutters and Monument Dealers); and 48 (Recycling Assistance Fee). 

3) Bulletins 25 (Coupons and Gifts) and 30 (Transportation Charges) will soon be discontinued and merged into Bulletin 39 (Sale Price Upon Which Tax is Based), and Bulletin 28 (Installing Tangible Personal Property in Real Property) will soon be discontinued and merged into Bulletin 4(Contractors and Subcontractors).

4)  Bulletins 44 (Depreciable Machinery and Equipment for Use in Commercial Fishing), 45 (Depreciable Machinery and Equipment for Use in Commercial Agriculture), 49 (Depreciable Machinery and Equipment for Use in Commercial Aquacultural Production) and 58 (Commercial Wood Harvesting) have been discontinued and merged into Bulletin 59 (Farming, Fishing, & Wood Harvesting).

Other changes will be made this summer and fall in response to legislation enacted during the recently concluded Second Regular Session of the 127th Maine Legislature.  Watch in particular for further revisions to Bulletin 41, reflecting the expansion of the existing exemption for “prosthetic devices” to all sales of prosthetic or orthotic devices sold by prescription, effective October 1, 2016; and to Bulletin 59 reflecting the fact that effective January 1, 2017, fuel purchased for use in commercial agricultural or aquacultural production, commercial fishing, or commercial wood harvesting will be eligible for exemption and/or refund.

A full list of Instructional Bulletins, with a link to each one, may be seen at:


Telephone Numbers
FAX Numbers
Email Addresses
Taxpayer Service Center
(207) 626-8475
(207) 287-5855
Central Registration
(207) 624-5644
(207) 287-6975
Collections & Compliance
(207) 624-9595
(207) 287-6627
Corporate Tax
(207) 624-9670
(207) 624-9694
E-file Help Desk (1040 ONLY)
(207) 624-9730
(207) 287-6628
Electronic Funds Transfer
(207) 624-5625
(207) 287-3618
Estate & Fiduciary Income Tax
(207) 626-8480
(207) 624-9694
Fuel Tax
(207) 624-9609
(207) 287-6628
Forms Request Line
(207) 624-7894
Individual Income Tax Assistance
(207) 626-8475
(207) 624-9694
Insurance Premium Tax
(207) 624-9753
(207) 624-9694
Payment Plan/Income Tax
(207) 621-4300
(207) 621-4328
Payment Plan/Other
(207) 624-9595
(207) 287-6627
Practitioners’ Hotline
(207) 626-8458
(207) 624-9694
Property Tax
(207) 624-5600
(207) 287-6396
Sales Tax
(207) 624-9693
(207) 287-6628
Tax Clearance Letters
(207) 624-9628
(207) 287-6627
Office of Tax Policy
(207) 624-9789
(207) 287-3618
Taxpayer Advocate
(207) 624-9649
(207) 287-3618
Withholding Tax
(207) 626-8475
(207) 624-9694
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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