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Maine Electronic Filing Restrictions Relaxed
Individual Income Tax
The I-file program has the same restrictions as E-file except that we still cannot accept:
Sales/Use/Service Provider Tax
an amended return; or,
E-File and I-File for Payroll Taxes
Original quarterly withholding and unemployment insurance returns, and Form W-3ME may be filed electronically using the Maine Employers Electronic Tax Reporting System (MEETRS). Many payroll software packages now support Maine electronic filing of payroll returns. The following returns cannot be processed through MEETRS:
In addition, ALL Maine amended payroll tax returns must be filed on paper.
Note that in addition to filing a Maine tax return, I-file may also be used to change your password; company name and address; owner name and address; contact name; phone number; and address; report ownership changes; and business closures; and change your ACH debit information.
Internet payment methods:
MRS Rulemaking Activity
NOTICE: Public Hearing for New Rule 104 - Electronic Filing of Maine Tax Returns. MRS will hold a public hearing on new Rule 104 – Electronic Filing of Maine Tax Returns – on January 9, 2008 at 9 a.m. The hearing will take place in the Androscoggin/Aroostook/ Cumberland Room at the Augusta Civic Center. The purpose of the public hearing is to take comments from interested parties, which will be responded to after the close of the comment period. Participants are encouraged to provide copies of written testimony. Interested parties may also submit written comments. The deadline for written comments on Rule 104 has been extended to January 21, 2008. Written comments should be directed to Nanette Ardry, 24 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rule 104 mandates electronic filing of certain Maine tax returns if specified thresholds are exceeded. The proposed rule may be seen on the MRS web site at www.maine.gov/revenue (select Laws and Rules).
Repeal and replacement of Rule 202, " Tree Growth Tax Law Valuations - 2008 ." This rule, 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.
Proposed Rule 202 can be found on the MRS web site at www.maine.gov/revenue (select Laws & Rules). Comments are due by January 31, 2008 and should be directed to John W. Sagaser, General Counsel, Maine Revenue Services, 24 State House Station, Augusta Maine 04333.
Amendments to Rule 901, "Maine Residents Property Tax Program." This rule, which has been in place since 1997 and was last amended in 2006, provides comprehensive definitions and explanations of statutory terms and procedures for claiming benefits under the Maine Residents Property Tax Program. The proposed amendments clarify the definition of “property taxes accrued” where a claimant owned and occupied two or more different homesteads during the relevant period.
Proposed amended Rule 901 can be found on the MRS web site at www.maine.gov/revenue (select Laws & Rules). Comments are due by January 21, 2008 and should be directed to Nanette Ardry, Staff Attorney, Maine Revenue Services, 24 State House Station, Augusta Maine 04333, email@example.com.
Maine.gov Offers Online Registration for Sales & Use, Withholding, and Service Provider Taxes
Maine Revenue Services is pleased to announce the availability of an online tax registration service for new businesses. Maine businesses may now register with the State of Maine for sales & use tax, income tax withholding, and service provider tax through the official state web site, www.Maine.gov.
This free online service is offered as an alternative to the paper form that businesses previously were required to complete in order to register for business taxes. Instead, the online service provides an easy to navigate form that can be completed any time that is convenient, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After submitting the required information, the business applicant will receive instant confirmation that Maine Revenue Services has received the tax application.
"We realize that starting a business is hard work. This online registration service makes one part of that start-up in Maine a lot easier,” said Jerome Gerard, Acting Executive Director of Maine Revenue Services. “We've heard from businesses that appreciate the time-savings and convenience of online registration. The nearly paperless process is also saving time and money at Maine Revenue Services.”
Maine Revenue Services receives more than 11,251 registrations per year for sales and use taxes, income tax withholding, and service provider tax combined. The online service provides a convenient option for time-crunched businesses. Applicants only need to view and complete those parts of the form that are required for the particular registrations being filed, in contrast to the paper form which is lengthy and includes information for all business tax registration types.
Additionally, the online form automatically checks applications for completeness and will notify the applicant of any missing information that is required. This speeds up the registration processing time.
The online registration service, created in partnership with InforME, the state's e-government portal provider, became available for sales, use, and withholding tax registration in March, 2007, and for service provider tax registration in August, 2007. More tax types will be made available for online registration over the next year. More than 2,700 businesses have already registered for taxes online using the new service.
Maine.gov (www.Maine.gov) is the official web portal of the State of Maine and a seven-time winner in the Center for Digital Government's Best of Web competition. Maine.gov is a service of the Information Resource of Maine (InforME), a collaborative effort between the State of Maine and Maine Information Network, LLC. Maine Information Network is the official eGovernment solutions partner for the State of Maine. The company builds and manages interactive government services on behalf of the state and is a wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGov).
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