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  • March 27 2020
    Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Senate President Karen Spilka, and Speaker Robert DeLeo announced the corresponding change for the state tax filing deadline on March 27, 2020.The policy change impacts the Commonwealth of Massachusetts very differently than the federal government and will present tough financial challenges to state decision-makers.
  • March 17 2020
    BOSTON – On March 10, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and has ordered sweeping measures to slow the outbreak.
  • March 11 2020

    This analysis describes the steps taken by the governor to balance the budget compared to MTF’s initial projection of an $880 million gap between revenue and spending in fiscal 2021. It also describes ten tough choices confronting legislators as they develop a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

  • March 3 2020
    While MTF generally believes there are several infirmities with the current proposal to tax GILTI revenue, trying to use this revenue to finance transportation is especially ill-suited because the revenue is uncertain, will be difficult to collect in the short-term and is harder to leverage for capital financing than other transportation revenue sources that are more straightforward.
  • January 23 2020

    Governor Charlie Baker published his budget recommendation for state fiscal year 2021 on January 22, 2020. The plan, also known as House 2 (H.2), is the sixth budget proposal developed by Gov. Baker and the second since his re-election in November 2018.

  • December 4 2019

    Tax revenues will increase by approximately $615 million, or 2.0 percent, to $31.06 billion in fiscal 20211 according to a new forecast released today by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation at the state’s annual consensus revenue hearing. The Foundation estimates capital gains tax revenues of $1.64 billion.

  • October 31 2019
    Given the recent attention to the issue of whether Massachusetts should decouple from Internal Revenue Code Section 163(j), the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF) has assembled a brief primer on the issue explaining what the provision does, why it is necessary, likely impacts, and cost implications.
  • October 16 2019
    Though the Commonwealth’s fiscal year 2019 ended June 30th, decisionmakers must make several important choices before the final accounting of the state’s finances for the year can be completed. Most importantly, lawmakers will determine how to allocate the year-end budget surplus, which revised MTF calculations now estimate at approximately $870 million.
  • September 30 2019

    Though the Commonwealth’s fiscal year 2019 ended June 30th, decisionmakers must make several important decisions before the final accounting of the state’s finances for the year can be completed. Most importantly, lawmakers will determine how to allocate the year-end budget surplus, which MTF calculates at approximately $767 million.

  • September 11 2019
    I am writing today in support of House Bill 2446: An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Estate Tax Code. While the Foundation believes that the Massachusetts estate tax should mirror the federal estate tax, this bill would more closely align the Massachusetts estate tax with federal law, and is a reasonable initial step to ensure that the Commonwealth is not an outlier among its peer states.