Filing Your Individual Income Tax with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue
As a personal income taxpayer you have a number of options to choose from when filing your Massachusetts state taxes. The quickest way to file and receive your refund is to do so electronically. To get started, the following links will help you decide which filing option is best for you.
One of the benefits of e-filing is that you get your refund much faster. You can usually get your refund within two weeks if you e-file compared to six weeks if you file a paper return. This year, we expect at least 90 percent of individual filers will have opted to e-file.
Here are your e-filing options:
WebFile for Income
Take advantage of DOR's e-filing resource -- WebFile for Income -- which is secure, easy to use, and free! WebFile for Income also allows you to check you refund status, file an extension or amended return, make payments, or enter into a payment agreement.
Online Software Programs
You also have the option to prepare your tax returns using independent software providers, such as TurboTax. Many allow you to file your state taxes for free, or at a small cost.Visit our software vendor page to see which vendors (such as OnLine Taxes and TaxAct) have been approved for the 2015 filing season.
Find a Free Tax Preparation Site
There are also multiple locations throughout Massachusetts where you can get free tax advise and help preparing your federal and state returns. Find an IRS-approved Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in your neighborhood.
For senior taxpayers, the AARP Foundation's Tax Aid Program also provides free tax preparation services.
Many opt to hire a paid tax preparer, such as a CPA or an Enrolled Agent, to prepare and submit their returns. This can be especially helpful for taxpayers with more complicated returns. The IRS provides a simple online tool to help you find a paid preparer in your community. Here are some tips on choosing a tax preparer. Remember, even if your return is prepared by someone else, you are legally responsible for what’s on it.
For those that would like to file by paper, PDF copies of of tax forms can be downloaded from the Tax Forms section of our website.
We've made our Check Your Refund Status application easy to use. To check your refund, all you need is your Social Security Number, the year in which you filed, your filing status (for example, "single," or "head of household"), and you refund amount.
The easiest way to pay a tax bill is through WebFile for Income. You'll need the Bill Number or Document Number along with your Social Security Number. WebFile for Income also allows taxpayers to request a payment agreement with DOR to spread their liabilities over time.
For those making estimated payments, WebFile for Income allows you to do so and provides instant receipt of return and payment.
Do you have questions about tax forms? How to fill out a tax forms? Or confused about a bill or notice you received from DOR? Check out the tax guides and other resources that DOR has put together to help.
Business taxpayers may register, submit returns, schedule and make payments on MassTaxConnect. MassTaxConnect also allows business taxpayers to communicate directly and securely with DOR, transmitting data and taking advantage of bulk filing options. Feel free to consult our resource page with FAQs and tutorials about our new system.