Electronic filing for Income Tax Returns began Friday, Feb. 12

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) is reminding members of the public that the state began accepting electronically filed state income tax returns on Friday, Feb. 12, consistent with the IRS opening date for federal income tax.

Massachusetts taxpayers can file both their state and federal personal income taxes through Thursday, April 15.

“As always, we encourage Massachusetts taxpayers to file their returns early and electronically in order to ensure the quickest refund processing times,” said DOR Commissioner Geoffrey E. Snyder. “During the 2019 tax year, approximately 90 percent of Massachusetts taxpayers filed their income taxes electronically. Electronic filing is also a responsible option given social distancing requirements and choosing direct deposit for a refund will help minimize potential paper delays.”

DOR is committed to providing Massachusetts taxpayers with safe and efficient filing options, as well as addressing filing questions and concerns. The Department’s website offers many taxpayer and preparer resources, including FAQs, free e-file options, and information on locating free tax help. Taxpayers who qualify for free tax preparation programs are encouraged to check directly with local VITA and TCE sites for remote working restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOR’s Where’s My Refund? application is available 24/7 and is the best resource to find out the status of your refund. Additionally, Massachusetts taxpayers can find more information, including forms, instructions, and tips, on DOR’s website. To avoid penalties, returns for Massachusetts taxpayers must be filed electronically or postmarked by midnight April 15. Taxpayers needing assistance can contact DOR by phone at 617-887-6367 or 800-392-6089.

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