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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 873         FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2606

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Randy Hunt

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to creating a commission to study the feasibility of simplifying the personal income tax code.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Robert L. Hedlund

Plymouth and Norfolk

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Cleon H. Turner

1st Barnstable


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 873        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2606

By Mr. Hunt of Sandwich, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2606) of Randy Hunt and others relative to establishing a special commission (including members of the General Court) to make an investigation and study of the feasibility of simplifying the personal income tax code.  Revenue. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to creating a commission to study the feasibility of simplifying the personal income tax code.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. There shall be a special commission to study the feasibility of simplifying the personal income tax laws of the Commonwealth.  The commission shall consist of the commissioner of administration, or his designee; the commissioner of revenue, or his designee; the senate and house chairs of the joint committee on revenue, or their respective designees; the senate and house minority leaders, or their respective designees; 3 individuals appointed by the governor; provided, 1 shall be a tax attorney, 1 shall be a certified public accountant, and 1 shall be the head of a non-profit public policy institution; 3 individuals appointed by the president of the senate; provided, 1 shall be a tax attorney, 1 shall be a certified public accountant, and 1 shall be the head of a non-profit public policy institution; 3 individuals appointed by the speaker of the house; provided, 1 shall be a tax attorney, 1 shall be a certified public accountant, and 1 shall be the head of a non-profit public policy institution. The commission shall make a comprehensive study of the feasibility of simplifying the personal income tax laws of the Commonwealth; provided, the study will address the impact of establishing a new formula to calculate the personal income tax; provided, the personal income tax, for purposes of the study, shall equal a percentage of federal taxable income; provided, the new formula shall have a minimal effect on tax revenue. The study shall include, but not be limited to, determining if the new formula calculating personal income tax shall be applicable to all taxpayers; determining if the new formula shall have any effect in mitigating fraud, waste, and abuse by taxpayers; and, determining if the new formula shall mitigate audit activity as conducted by the department of revenue. The commission shall convene its first official meeting not later than August 1, 2013.The commission shall prepare a report of the findings and recommendations together with recommendations for legislation to implement those recommendations by filing the same with the clerks of the senate and house not later than July 31, 2014.

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