The Department of Revenue has planned an extensive series of presentations to educate taxpayers 65 and older about the benefits of the Senior Circuit Breaker Credit.

For tax year 2016, the credit is worth as much as $1,070 for eligible taxpayers 65 and older who either own or rent their home. The credit is refundable, meaning that if a taxpayer does not have an offsetting state tax liability, or has a liability that is smaller than the credit, they receive a check from the Commonwealth for either the entire credit or for the portion left after taxes are paid. See: TIR 16-8: Annual Update of Real Estate Tax Credit for Certain Persons Age 65 and Older..

Seniors who live in public or subsidized housing are not eligible for the credit.

In tax year 2015, 85,146 taxpayers received $74.2 million in Circuit Breaker Credits for an average of $872.00 per taxpayer. 

DOR's Brian Lynch will conduct informational sessions on the credit in various Massachusetts senior centers and Council on Aging (COA) offices. We hope to see you there!

February Dates/TimesLocationsAddresses
02/16/17 – 1:00 p.m.Waltham Council on Aging488 Main St. – Waltham, MA 02452
   
02/21/17 – 10:00 a.m.Millis Council on Aging900 Main St. – Millis, MA 02054
02/21/17 – 11:30 a.m.Plainville Senior Center9 School St. – Plainville, MA 02762
   
02/22/17 – 10:30 a.m.Wakefield Public Library345 Main Street – Wakefield, MA 01880
   
March Dates/TimesLocationsAddresses
03/06/17 – 11:30 a.m.Wayland Senior Center41 Cochituate Rd. – Wayland, MA 01778
03/06/17 – 1:30 p.m.Natick Community Senior Center117 E. Central St. – Natick, MA 01760
   
03/07/17 – 10:00 a.m.Franklin Senior Center10 Daniel McCahill St. – Franklin, MA 02038
03/07/17 – 11:30 a.m.Wrentham Senior Center400 Taunton St. – Wrentham, MA 02093
03/07/17 – 1:00 p.m.Norfolk Council on Aging28 Medway Branch Rd. – Norfolk, MA 02056
   
03/10/17 – 10:00 a.m.North Attleboro Council on Aging204 Elm St. – North Attleboro, MA 02760
03/10/17 – 11:30 a.m.Attleboro Council on Aging25 South Main St. – Attleboro, MA 02703