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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2208         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2525

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

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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 Fair Dealing in Business.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

4th Hampden

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2208        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2525

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2525) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr., and others for legislation to establish a bureau of special investigations within the Department of Revenue to investigate suspected fraudulent business practices.  Revenue. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act Relative to Fair Dealing in Business.
 

              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. Chapter 14 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition,

              is hereby amended by inserting after section 11 the following new sections:-

              Section 12.   There shall be in the department of revenue a bureau of special investigations, headed by a director, who shall be appointed by the commissioner of revenue, and who shall be a person of ability and experience and shall devote his entire time to the duties of the office. Said commissioner may appoint such other experts and officers as he deems necessary to carry out the work of the bureau. Appointments to the positions of director, legal counsel and confidential administrative secretary shall not be subject to chapter 31 or section 9A of chapter 30. The director may expend for legal, investigative, clerical, and other assistance and expenses such sums as may be appropriated therefore.

              Section 13.   The director shall initiate investigations and investigate complaints which indicate the possibility of fraud being committed by businesses subject to the provisions of chapter 63.  The director, in conformity with the rules and regulations of the commissioner, shall:

              (1) initiate investigations in order to discover illegal acts being committed by businesses subject to the provisions of chapter 63.  Said illegal acts shall include, but not be limited to, the hiring of aliens as promulgated under section 19C of chapter 149; evasion of remitting taxes as promulgated under chapter 63; and, any attempt by businesses to commit fraud;

              (2) establish a toll-free telephone hotline to facilitate anyone with knowledge of a business in direct violation of the provisions of this act to report such violations to the bureau;

              (3) examine , upon written request to the commissioner of revenue, the tax reports, papers or other documents on file with said commissioner, relative to the investigation of a business in direct violation of the provisions of this act.  Nothing herein shall be construed to authorize the examination or disclosure, directly or indirectly, of any information, returns, or records received from the Internal Revenue Service;

              (4) examine any information contained on the warrant management system established by section 23A of chapter 276

              (5 ) report to the attorney general or a district attorney, for such action as they may deem proper, any case in which, after investigation, there is probable cause to believe a violation of this act has been made;

              (6) examine the records and accounts of any bank, as defined in section 1 of chapter 167, national bank, federal savings and loan association, benefit association, insurance company, safe deposit company or loan company authorized to do business in the commonwealth relative to businesses who are the subject matter of an investigation insofar as the records and accounts pertain to deposits, withdrawals, loans, insurance transactions, claims settlements and payments;

              (7) a written request of the director, or of an authorized representative of the director, for examination of information, records or accounts as provided in clause (6) shall be complied with within a reasonable period of time.

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