Three Massachusetts colleges sue state over tax credits

Boston University one of three schools claiming state changed rules when they applied for environmental cleanup credits

BOSTON (AP) — Three Massachusetts colleges have sued the state Department of Revenue, claiming the agency unfairly denied them millions of dollars in tax credits for environmental cleanup work done on contaminated properties.

In a complaint filed this month in Superior Court, Northeastern University, Boston University, and Wellesley College said the state essentially changed its own rules when it rejected the schools’ applications for the credit.

The state agency said it had no comment.

The Boston Globe reports that the lawsuit centers on the state’s Brownfields Tax Incentive program, which offers tax credits to property owners who perform environmental cleanup work on former commercial and industrial properties left contaminated by the previous occupants.

The schools applied in late 2012 and early 2013, claiming they deserve credit for work started before 2006.

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