Tax Alert

 

MRS Rulemaking Activity

Rule 202, “Tree Growth Tax Law Valuations - 2008.” Revised rule 202, available at www.maine.gov/revenue/rules, which was last amended for 2007, fulfills the requirement that each year the State Tax Assessor determine 100% valuations per acre for each forest type by economic region for parcels under the Tree Growth Tax Law. These changes to Rule 202 are effective March 9, 2008.

Rule 801 Revised, “Apportionment of Income .” Revised Rule 801, available at www.maine.gov/revenue/rules, explains the basis for the apportionment of net income of corporations, pass-through entities, sole proprietorships and other business types. Current revisions reflect recent statutory changes to the apportionment of income and clarify definitions and provide explanations of various aspects of apportionment. These changes to Rule 801 are effective March 12, 2008.

Rule 810 Revised, “Maine Unitary Business Taxable Income, Combined Reports and Tax Returns.” Revised Rule 810, available at www.maine.gov/revenue/rules, describes standards for determining income tax for unitary businesses and for filing combined reports. Current revisions reflect recent statutory changes to the apportionment of income and clarify definitions and provide guidance regarding estimated tax payments. These changes to Rule 810 are effective March 12, 2008.

Federal Economic Stimulus Rebates

Taxpayers who must file a federal income tax return for the sole purpose of getting the federal economic stimulus rebate do not need to file a Maine income tax return unless they otherwise meet Maine's filing requirements.

Generally, residents of Maine who are required to file a federal income tax return and part-year residents, nonresidents and “safe harbor” residents who have Maine taxable income must file a Maine income tax return. However, a taxpayer is not required to file a Maine individual income tax return if all of the following requirements are met:

  • Maine taxable income is $2,000 or less,
  • The taxpayer cannot be claimed as an exemption on someone else's return,
  • The taxpayer is not subject to the Maine Minimum Tax.

Tax Return Preparer Identification - Reminder

Tax return preparer's that are paid to complete Maine tax returns must include their signature, printed name and name of the business, date signed, telephone number and their social security number (or PTIN) in the space provided on each return they prepare.

Missing information may result in slower processing of affected returns.

Department
Telephone Numbers
FAX Numbers
E-mail Addresses
Taxpayer Service Center
(207) 626-8475
(207) 287-5855
Audit
(207) 822-0450
(207) 822-0453
Central Registration
(207) 621-5129
(207) 287-3733
division.uctax@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) 287-6975
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
Public Communications
(207) 626-8478
(207) 624-9694
Sales Tax
(207) 624-9693
(207) 287-6628
sales.tax@maine.gov
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
taxpayer.advocate@maine.gov
NexTalk
1-888-577-6690
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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Please contact: Public Communications (207) 626-8478
Maine Revenue Services
24 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0024