Coming Clean

Bay Staters scramble to pay up

The scene was reminiscent of an unemployment office. But the thousands of grim-faced men and women who lined up in the office of the Massachusetts revenue department in downtown Boston last week were there to give money, not take it. Marveled one tax examiner: "It's the first time I've seen taxpayers storming the doors of the revenue department."

With good reason. Last year the state legislature made tax evasion, which had been a misdemeanor, a felony with a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

But it gave delinquents a 90-day grace period, ending last week, to...

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