Basics of Massachusetts state taxes
Sales, use tax and estate taxes and other forms of taxes are charged by Massachusetts. Additionally, full-year or part-time residents who earn more than $ 8,000 a year, as well as some non-residents earning Commonwealth income, must file a Massachusetts tax return.
If your earnings are below $ 8,000 and you want to claim refundable credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, you will need to file a state tax return.
The DOR, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, collects and administers state income tax in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
You can contact the DOR`s tax help by dialing 1-617-887-6367 or 1-800-392-6089 (toll-free in Massachusetts) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. by using online contact form can submit questions.
Massachusetts income tax rate
In case you need to file a Massachusetts state tax return, then do not worry about different tax brackets. On most classes of income, the state has a flat rate of 5.05%. Massachusetts law will gradually reduce the income tax rate based on income requirements for a specific tax year until the rate reaches 5%.
What are some Massachusetts deductions, exemptions, and credits to know?
What can help you to reduce the tax you owe? In case you file Massachusetts state tax return, claim a personal exemption based on your filing status.
As an example, let`s take the personal exemption amounts for 2019
- $4,400 for single filers or those married filing separately
- $6,800 for head of household
- $8,800 for those married filing jointly
- $1,000 for each dependent
Those taxpayers who is older than 65 by December 31,2019, can request an additional $700 form themselves and their spouses. Those who is blind filers can claim $2,200 exemption for themselves and their spouses.
Massachusetts state tax deductions
There are several offers by Massachusetts about state level deductions. Following deductions, you do not need to itemize:
- Social Security payments, Medicare, railroad retirement (you or your spouse, or jointly made)
- Caring for child expenses or disabled dependent, disabled spouse.
How can I file a Massachusetts state tax return?
There are several options for filing, mailing, and paying your Massachusetts state income tax.
First option which you select, e-file and pay by using Massachusetts department of Revenue`s mass tax connects. Just register and create an account.
Another option, file federal and single state tax returns for free through Credit Karma Tax.
One more option which you can use, e-file through Free File Alliance software providers, ‘n case your income less than $69,000 or less
Below find mailing list for paper return, relevant documents and any payment to.
- tax software and expect a refund: Massachusetts DOR, P.O. Box 7001, Boston, MA 02204.
- tax software and need to pay tax: Massachusetts DOR, P.O. Box 7002, Boston, MA 02204.
- a tax form from the DOR website or a DOR booklet and expect a refund: Massachusetts DOR, P.O. Box 7000, Boston, MA 02204.
- a tax form from the DOR website or a DOR booklet and need to pay tax: Massachusetts DOR, P.O. Box 7003, Boston, MA 02204.
I owe and cannot pay. What can I do?
If you cannot make payments till annual deadline then, set up a tax payment plan for 36 months through Mass Tax Connect. You can do it by logging in select “Request a Payment Plan” under the “I Want To” tab. Keep in mind, paying your tax late – mean you may face penalties and interest.
How to track a Massachusetts tax refund?
You can track your state refund online by using tool “Where’s My Refund?”. Another way to check refund, by contacting DOR`s automated service at 1-617-887-6367 or toll-free within Massachusetts at 1-800-392-6089.
Please note, residents of Massachusetts are very proactive in terms of paying taxes. Therefore, do not wait till last minute to file your Massachusetts state tax return. If you file electronically, you receive your refund within six months. If you file by post mail, then paper returns in 10 week or more.