Merrill Barter, CPA

Managing Director


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Merrill is a managing director in BNN’s tax practice, and the State and Local Tax (SALT) practice leader. He has more than 25 years of experience working in the tax field, including governmental, public company, and public accounting. Merrill works with a broad spectrum of clients, including large corporations and mid-tier/privately owned business entities and their owners.  He has experience working in multiple areas of state and local taxation, including sales and use, income/franchise and gross receipts taxes, and leverages his experience to provide a high level of service and creative solutions to address his clients’ tax situations.

Merrill specializes in assisting clients with state tax issues, with a focus on multi-state compliance and planning. He has extensive experience in sales and use tax matters, including helping clients determine the proper sales tax treatment of their products and services. Merrill routinely works directly with state tax authorities on behalf of his clients to resolve state tax matters and obtain the best possible outcomes.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with highest distinction, from Husson University, and a master’s in taxation from Thomas College.

Three Things You Don’t Know About Me

  • I like to travel.
  • In my down time I enjoy reading.
  • I am married with three daughters.

Articles by Merrill

New Hampshire’s Main Street Relief Fund – Grant Application Period is Open Apportionment of Service Revenue Can Produce Unusual Results Apportionment of Service Revenue – An Overview Proposed Regulations Will Shut Down Most End Runs around New State Tax Deduction Limits Wayfair Court Decision and its Dramatic Impact on Your Sales and Use Tax Requirements Beware of State Taxes When Doing Business in Multiple States State Tax Issues Facing Foreign Businesses State Taxation Will Impact Foreign Entities who Sell in the U.S. Maine Citizens’ Initiative Referendum (Ballot Question 1) Could Impact Certain Taxpayers State Use Tax Notice and Reporting Requirements – A Growing (and Troubling) Trend Massachusetts Finalizes New “Cookie” Nexus Regulation Hidden Tax Filing Requirements for Online Sellers Massachusetts Department of Revenue Revokes Directive 17-1 with Directive 17-2 A New Massachusetts Sales Tax Directive and its Significant Impact on Internet Vendors Tax Increase Ballot Initiatives Maine Tax Law is Updated to Conform to Late 2015 Federal Changes New Hampshire Enacts a Tax Amnesty Program – and Joins Several Additional States State Tax Considerations When Buying or Selling a Business Nexus in a Nutshell The Unclaimed Property Return: An Often Overlooked but Important Filing Sales Tax on Internet Sales – What’s Next? Massachusetts Update – Possible Repeal of Sales Tax on Computer System Design Services Massachusetts Legislation Alters Income Tax Apportionment and Sales & Use Tax Tax Changes in Maine’s Biennial Budget – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Maine’s New Definition of Independent Contractor Maine’s “Other” Taxes Reportable on Form 1040-ME Tax Law: NH Tax Incentives Aim to Boost Economy, Education Same-Sex Marriage Law in Maine Will Impact Tax Filing Status The New Hampshire Legislature Enacts “Taxpayer Friendly” Provisions Rhode Island Budget Bill Establishes Tax Amnesty Program Maine Use Tax Compliance Program Pine Tree Zones should not be overlooked Some Unique New Hampshire Tax Incentives Should Not Be Overlooked Maine Makes Favorable Changes to Individual, Fiduciary and Estate Tax Laws Maine State Budget – Tax Impact and Commentary

Business Activities:

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Member, Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants

Past Chair, Baker Tilly International State and Local Tax Committee

Volunteer/Service Activities:

Board Member, METRO Greater Portland Transit District