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Maine Revenue Services is Moving
Maine Revenue Services, including the Taxpayer Service Center, currently located at 26 Edison Drive in Augusta will be relocating to Maine Revenue Services’ new central office building at 51 Commerce Drive in Augusta on November 1, 2012.
MRS Rulemaking Activity
Adopted Rule 104, “Filing of Maine Tax Returns.” This rule last amended in 2010, provides definitions and explanations of statutory terms and procedures for filing Maine tax returns, including electronic filing requirements. The adopted Rule was revised to include new definitions of “software developer” and “threshold amount,” and add specifications for software developers to require 2-D bar codes to returns. A new section .02 was added describing current statutory filing requirements and an exception for individual income tax filers, and adding a new exception to filing requirements for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. An application date was added to the Rule. Revisions were also made to make language more precise and to correct format, including renumbering, correcting references and the title to reflect that the rule no longer covers only electronic filing.
Rule 104 can be found on the MRS web site at www.maine.gov/revenue (select Laws & Rules).
Manager Selected for MRS Criminal Investigations Unit and Tax Compliance Unit
Maine Revenue Services (MRS) is pleased to announce that Bonnie Kouletsis has been selected as the new District Tax Audit Manager of the Criminal Investigations Unit and Tax Compliance Unit at Maine Revenue Services. She began her job duties on Wednesday, October 17.
Ms. Kouletsis comes to MRS with a strong educational background and extensive job experience. She has a B.A. in English Literature, an M.S. degree in accounting, and a law degree from Fordham Law School, where she concentrated on commercial transactions and business taxation. Ms. Kouletsis is a licensed attorney with the states of Maine and New York, and also holds an inactive New York C.P.A. license. Ms. Kouletsis has worked as a CPA for a mid-sized firm in New York and as an accounting manager for Home Box Office. More recently, she has maintained her own law practice in Waterville, Maine since 2003.
2013 Income Tax Withholding Changes
Tax laws enacted during the last two legislative sessions result in lower Maine income tax withholding for most taxpayers beginning in 2013. In particular, three law changes directly impact the calculation of 2013 Maine income tax withholding amounts:
1) The number of Maine tax rate brackets are reduced from 4 (2%, 4.5%, 7% & 8.5%) to 3 (0%, 6.5% & 7.95%). Note that the new rate structure includes a 0% bracket and that the top rate is reduced from 8.5% to 7.95%.
2) The 2013 Maine standard deduction amounts conform to the 2013 federal standard deduction amounts. Thus, the 2013 Maine standard deduction amounts are $6,100 for single taxpayers and $10,150 for taxpayers filing married joint.
3) The 2013 Maine personal exemption amount conforms to the 2013 federal personal exemption amount of $3,900.These changes are reflected in the 2013 withholding tax rate schedules and calculations available at www.maine.gov/revenue/forms/with/2013.htm. If you have any questions about the 2013 schedules and calculations, please call 207 626-8475 (press 1, option 4) or email email@example.com.
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