Unitary Reporting

Joining about half of the other states in the country, starting in January 2009, Massachusetts will require unitary or combined reporting for its income tax. With unitary reporting, members of an affiliated group of corporations (and/or partnerships) that meet the unitary requirements are required to file returns as though they are one business for tax purposes. Common ownership, economies of scale, functional integration and the flow of value between the entities are normally reviewed to determine which entities are considered one unitary group.


Joining Georgia, Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio and Maine, starting in 2009, Utah will become a benefit state for apportioning service revenue for income or gross receipts tax purposes. Being a benefit state means that receipts from services performed in one state for a customer in a benefit state will be deemed earned in the benefit state for income tax reporting purposes. This could result in double taxation of the income from such receipts, if the service is performed in a state that treats such receipts as being earned in that state.


Remember, Nevada's tax Amnesty started on July 1, 2008, and will run to September 30, 2008.