Maine- Maine Revenue Services (“MRS”) Reminder: Sales Tax and Withholding Tax Deadlines Remain Unchanged


As recently announced in Tax Alerts by MRS, the deadlines for filing and paying Maine sales tax and state withholding tax are unchanged.  This is because, unlike income tax, sales tax and state withholding tax are “trust fund” taxes held in trust.  While MRS recognizes the strain that taxpayers are experiencing, Maine law prohibits taxpayers from using these trust fund taxes for their own purpose.  MRS encourages retailers to still timely file their sales tax returns, although retailers may request an extension to file.  However, for the reasons stated, any extension to file is not an extension for remitting collected sales tax to the State. 

Retailers who cannot compute the actual sales tax to remit may timely file their return and remit estimated sales tax based on their filing history.  Retailers should file an amended return as soon as possible to reconcile the correct tax owed.   

If you have any questions, please contact the Sales Tax Division at (207) 624-9693 or sales.tax@maine.gov or the Withholding Unit at (207) 626-8475 and withholding.tax@maine.gov.  

Taxpayers who want to request a payment plan may also contact the Compliance Division at (207) 624-9595 or compliance.tax@maine.gov.


For more information: MaineRevenueServices

Maine Revenue services
April 2020