April 14, 2022


Important News Updates from the MA Department of Revenue

DOR News April 2022

New FAQs added on elective pass-through entity excise
Speaking of FAQs, we’ve made some changes to the FAQs related to the new elective pass-through entity excise (63D – ELT). Visit the FAQ page to see the latest information. Some FAQs have been added or updated. You can also view the final TIR.

Last day to file COVID-19 Employee Sick Leave claims
The last day for employers to file claims under the Employee Sick Leave program is April 29th. Any new or amended claims can’t be submitted after that date. Log on to MassTaxConnect to submit or amend your claims.
Form 1099-G and unemployment fraud FAQs updated
We recently updated and added FAQs related to 1099-Gs and unemployment fraud. View the updates  to the last two FAQs in the unemployment section of the “COVID Tax Summary” page.

ERC Eligibility Webinar

Looking to apply for the Employee Retention Credit for 2020 or 2021 but don't know where to start? Tax season is ending, and now is a great time to file amended tax returns.

Join us for our free web class -Your ERC Eligibility Guide, hosted by our friends at ConnectPay Payroll Services.

When: Tuesday, April 19th at 12pm

Register Here:  

During the web class, we'll show you how to:
• Determine Your Eligibility for the Employee Retention Tax Credit
• Calculate Your Exact Credit By Quarter
• Apply For ERC Using A 941-X
• Put Money Back Into Your Pocket!

The watch party will be followed by a LIVE Q&A session led by Drew Schildwachter, COO at ConnectPay. Drew has helped over 400 small business owners secure millions of dollars back in ERC funds. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Regional Employer Roadshows

The Baker-Polito Administration, including MassHire Career Centers and Workforce Boards and the Commonwealth Corporation, is hosting a series of 10 regional employer roadshows from late April to May, with the goal of connecting employers to new and existing workforce supports from the Commonwealth. You can register for the below sessions today:

  • MetroWest | Monday, April 25, 4:30 PM | Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School, Framingham, MA
  • Southeast | Tuesday, April 26, 3:00 PM | Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA
  • Central #1 | Monday, May 2, 10:00 AM | Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, Charlton, MA
  • Merrimack Valley | Tuesday, May 3, 11:00 AM | Northern Essex Community College - Lawrence Campus, Lawrence MA
  • Pioneer Valley | Thursday, May 5, 1:00 PM | Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA

They are also working to schedule the following sessions. You can PRE-REGISTER for these sessions now, and they will notify you when a date and time is confirmed.

  • Cape & Islands | Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, Bourne, MA
  • Berkshires | Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC), Pittsfield, MA
  • Greater Boston | Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown, MA
  • Northeast | Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School, Danvers, MA
  • Central #2 | Worcester Tech, Worcester, MA

The roadshows will be a unique opportunity to hear from MA workforce leaders and to share your perspective with them. Attendance will vary by event but speakers may include Lt. Governor Polito, Secretary Acosta, Secretary Peyser, and Secretary Kennealy, among others.
The roadshows will be hosted by workforce partners, including community colleges and vocational training institutes. Each event will be ~1.5 hours and will have roughly the same agenda.
Click here to learn more about the regional employer road shows!

NRF's 2022 America’s Retail
Champions Contest Information

NRF’s Retail Advocates Summit -- The retail industry’s premier advocacy event — is back and more exciting and innovative than ever. This event gives retailers a seat at the table to directly connect with policymakers, tells retail’s story and celebrates contributions to advocacy.

The 2022 Retail Advocates Summit is set to feature The Retail Experiencewhich gives retailers the opportunity to show Capitol Hill who we are as an industry.  NRF is also reprising the America’s Retail Champions program and is currently looking for nominations.


If you would like to be considered for a spot, submit your self-nomination through the online webform before May 20, 2022.

America’s Retail Champions 2022

NRF’s America’s Retail Champions program recognizes small retailers for their commitment to advocacy. America’s Retail Champions are passionate retail advocates who love sharing the story of their business and serving their communities.   

A limited number of U.S. small retailers will be selected as champions for the program, five will be selected as finalists and only one will be named as the 2022 America’s Retail Champion on July 28 at an industry celebration dinner at the Retail Advocates Summit.

The 2022 champions will receive:

  • A travel scholarship to Washington, D.C. to attend the Retail Advocates Summit (July 27-28, 2022), which will cover attendees’ travel and lodging
  • Networking opportunities with members of Congress and retail industry leaders from large and small brands
  • Brand recognition and promotion through a curated product display at The Retail Experience during RAS 2022
  • Recognition for contributions to advocacy at a special dinner



Department of Public Health COVID-19 Preparedness

DPH has compiled the tools available to protect ourselves against the virus and its variants in this COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist.

This webpage hosts a number of PDF fliers in English and Spanish (with more translations to follow) that can be printed and posted, and which feature a QR code to direct folks back to the mass.gov/CovidVaccine webpage that has helpful information regarding vaccines, testing, therapeutics and other mitigation tools.