BECOMING A MEMBER OF RAM IS ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS YOU CAN MAKE FOR YOUR BUSINESS.  
By joining you gain access to exclusive, money saving discounts on services and programs, legislative updates and advocacy as well as valuable educational opportunities. We aim to help you grow and protect your business, promote the retail industry and save your business money.

Advocacy

As the active voice of the retailing community, RAM represents members and their interests before all branches of state government in an effort to protect, preserve and promote the thriving retail sector of the Massachusetts economy. RAM's staff of registered lobbyists remains keenly engaged in the debate and discussion on both the legislative and regulatory fronts with regard to all issues that impact the retail community. RAM breaks down the issues so you can clearly see the potential impact they could have on your business.

State House Update: The Fall Agenda

 

State DUA Announces Changes to EMAC Supplement – EMAC Tax to Only Apply to Employees 18 & Older!

State to issue credits in 2nd Quarter for taxes paid on minors in 1st Quarter

The MA Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA), the agency responsible for administering the EMAC Supplement tax, recently issued emergency regulations to change and clarify the tax treatment of minor-aged employees. The quarterly EMAC Supplement took effect on January 1, and employers saw notices and bills at the end of this past first quarter.

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Real-time sales tax proposal must be rejected

Many in the business community were pleased to see that painstaking policy work undertaken by Speaker Robert DeLeo and Chairman Jeffrey Sánchez of the House Ways and Means Committee had resulted in the removal of a real-time sales tax provision from an earlier version of the state budget currently being debated in the state house. They propose instead to create a bipartisan and commission to study the feasibility of a monthly estimated sales tax payment structure. This eminently sensible approach allows a thoughtful review of Massachusetts’ sales tax collection system, and removes the need for the immense technological overhaul real-time sales tax would require.

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Free e-Training for Members

NEW DATES & LOCATIONS ANNOUNCED.

RAM is pleased to offer social media and e-commerce training to retailers throughout the state of Massachusetts. The training is free for employers and employees whose organization pays into the state Workforce Development Fund. All for-profit employers with payroll employees in Massachusetts contribute to the Workforce Training Fund. Some nonprofit organizations with payroll employees in Massachusetts contribute to the Workforce Training Fund, but others do not.

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Retail Association Multiple Employer 401k Retirement Plan Benefit

Providing a retirement plan for your employees is not without its challenges. Access to the expertise and experience you need may seem beyond the financial reach of your business. In fact, that's just one reason why 86% of employers with less than 100 employees don't offer retirement plans to their workforce. And if you do have a plan, you know how expensive and time consuming it is.

RAM now has an option for members who currently have a 401k plan as well an option for members who want to create a 401k.

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Looking for your Retail History

RAM is celebrating its 100 year anniversary throughout 2018. As we reflect on our past and begin to embark on our next century of serving the retail industry, we want to learn the histories of the businesses we represent. Some of our members have been in business as long as we have, and we want to know about them.

The cover of the January/February edition of the Retail Review featured the Union Oyster House—the oldest restaurant in Boston founded in 1826. The March/April issue celebrates Rocky’s Hardware store in Springfield which opened in 1926.

Help us celebrate industry success stories like these by sharing with us your piece of Massachusetts retail history.

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