The Department of Revenue (Department) is issuing this Technical Information Release for filers of personal income tax returns. This TIR announces a 3-day automatic extension of the filing deadline, until midnight, Friday, April 18, 2014, for Massachusetts personal income taxpayers to file their 2013 personal income tax returns and to make the accompanying tax payments. This 3-day automatic extension also applies to personal income tax extension requests and the payments accompanying such requests.

Recent technical issues in the Department’s electronic filing systems may have affected the ability of a small number of personal income taxpayers to timely file and pay their taxes.  (These technical issues are unrelated to the so-called “heartbleed” virus.  Electronic filing through commercial software programs has not been affected.)  Accordingly, the Department is extending the filing and payment deadline until midnight, Friday, April 18, 2014, for all Massachusetts personal income taxpayers filing their 2013 annual returns or making extension requests for their 2013 annual returns, whether such filings are made on paper or electronically.  This automatic extension applies only to taxpayers filing 2013 Form 1 Resident Income Tax Returns and 2013 Form 1 NR/PY Nonresident/Part-Year Resident Tax Returns, extension requests associated with those returns, and to the payment of the tax amount due with those returns or extension requests.  Extension requests that are accompanied by no payment, or by payments of $5,000 or more, are still required to be filed electronically. 

This automatic extension of the filing deadline does not apply to any other tax types.  Further, this automatic extension does not apply to personal income tax estimated payments for 2014 personal income tax, or to personal income tax withholding returns.



/s/Amy Pitter
Amy Pitter
Commissioner of Revenue


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April 15, 2014

TIR 14-5