Servicemembers are permitted to defer (delay) payment of state and federal income taxes due before or during military service if the servicemember’s ability to pay those taxes is materially impacted by his or her service. The deferment may last up to 180 days from the date the servicemember leaves military service. No interest or penalty may be added to the amount due for failure to pay during the period of deferment.

Servicemembers must notify the Massachusetts Department of Revenue or the Internal Revenue service to request a deferment.  For more information about Massachusetts taxes consult the Department of Revenue’s website for Military Personnel . For more information about federal taxes consult the IRS’s Tax Information for Members of the Military.