E-Filing Information for Individual Taxpayers

  • WebFile for Income - Massachusetts offers a free and easy e-filing option -- WebFile for Income. Once you register, you'll also be able to use a wide variety of income tax services such as such as checking your refund, making payments, filing an amendment, tracking your estimated tax history, etc.
  • Tax Preparation Software for Individually Prepared Tax Returns - This page includes links to all of the commercial software products approved by Massachusetts for e-filing.
  • Find a Tax Preparer - Locate the closest Authorized IRS and State e-file Providers in your area where you can electronically file your tax return.
  • Massachusetts E-filing Reject Codes pdf format of Reject_Code_Solutions.pdf
- This section provides codes and solutions for Massachusetts e-filing rejects. Choose either the pdf version or the online application.

E-filing Information for Tax Professionals

E-filing Information for Software Developers

Business E-filing and Payment Requirements

  • Please read TIR 05-22 for information regarding Modified Electronic Filing Requirements for the 2010 filing season.
  • DOR is requiring all commercial software vendors to make the Practitioner Identification Number (PTIN) or SSN a required field for all tax professionals who prepare returns for clients. Commencing with the 2006 filing season, the tax professional's PTIN or SSN information is required for all submissions of personal income tax returns. If your PTIN or SSN is omitted, the Department may not accept the returns. If you do not currently have a PTIN, you must apply with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
  • DOR will offer payment warehousing/scheduling of payments for both bulk transmissions and individual transactions. Note: Warehousing is not an option for payments with an electronically filed corporate return.

Summary of Business Electronic Filing and Payment Requirements

For complete information, please see TIRs 04-30, 05-22, 09-18, and 10-18; and DDs 09-08 and 09-09 at www.mass.gov/dor

Business and Trustee TaxesMust File Electronically
Businesses registering after 09/01/03 to file returns for wage withholding, room occupancy, or sales & use taxes taxes and after 01/01/16 for  alcohol, cigarettes & tobacco, gasoline and fuel, ferry embarkation, satellite service, and Convention Center financing surchargesReturn, amendment and abatement requests,payment with return, withheld amount
Businesses with combined tax liability of $5,000 (combined threshold) or more for wage withholding, room occupancy, and sales & use, alcohol, cigarettes & tobacco, gasoline and fuel, ferry embarkation, satellite service, and Convention Center financing surcharges or that previously met an electronic filing thresholdReturn, amendment and abatement requests, payment with return, withheld amount
Businesses subject to the combined threshold if no tax owedReturn
Corporate ExciseMust File Electronically
Corporations and S corporations with $100,000 or more in gross receipts or sales; financial institutions reporting gross income of $100,000 or more; taxpayers paying the urban redevelopment excise reporting gross income of $100,000 or more; 501(c) corporations that have unrelated business taxable income of $100,000 or more, or any of these entities that previously met an electronic filing thresholdReturn, payment with return, estimated payment, extension and accompanying payment, amendment and abatement requests.
Corporations filing extension requests with payment of $5,000 or moreExtension and accompanying payment
Public utilities with income of $100,000 or more (see TIR 04-30 for definition of income)Payment with return, estimated payment
Insurance companies subject to tax under G.L. c. 63Return, payment with return, estimated payment, extension and accompanying payment, amendment and abatement requests
Corporate Combined GroupsMust File Electronically
Principal reporting corporation on behalf of taxpayer members of a combined groupReturn (no paper option), payment with return, amended returns if increase or no change in tax, extension requests
Partnerships, Fiduciaries, Pension PayersMust File Electronically
Partnerships with either 25 or more partners, or $50,000 or more in gross income or ordinary loss; partnerships with $100,000 in gains or losses through sale of stock (see TIR 04-30 for definitions)Return
Fiduciaries with total Part A, Part B and Part C net taxable income of $50,000 or morePayment with return, estimated payment
Pension payers filing Form M-945 and withholding income tax for payeeReturn, payment with return, withheld amount
Composite returns on behalf of individual non-resident membersReturn (no paper option), estimated payments, extension requests
Pass-Through Entities (defined in 830 CMR 62B.2.2)Must File Electronically
Pass-through entities with members other than resident individuals or with members receiving distributive share for which withholding or estimated taxes have been paidReturn, extension requests, amended returns (for S corps, amended returns only if increase or no change in tax)
Employers, Third Party Bulk Filers, Other PayersMust File Electronically
Employers filing 50 or more Forms W-2W-2 information
Third party bulk filers (withhold and file for employers' wage withholding obligation)Return, payment with return, withheld amount
Persons who file 50 or more of any particular form in the 1099 series1099 form
Miscellaneous Taxes (Motor Fuels, Cigarettes)Must File Electronically
Payers of more than $10,000 in motor fuels excise in preceding calendar yearPayment
Cigarette stampersPayment (unless stamps paid for at time of pick-up)
Personal Income Tax PreparersMust File Electronically
Must file all Massachusetts personal income tax returns (i.e., Forms 1 and NR-PY) electronically unless the preparer reasonable expects to file 10 or fever original Massachusetts  Forms 1 and NR-PY during the calendar year or the taxpayer directs that filing be done on paper.Return, payment with return

Online Estimates

With proper authority, you can file and pay your client's 1-ES using WebFile for Income. This system provides instant receipt of return and payment. In addition, you can view your client's filing and payment history online to verify payments prior to filing to minimize delays in processing.

Recently Asked Questions

Q. Can an electronic payment be made using an investment account with check writing ability?
A. The banking industry routinely restricts third party ACH debits and credits to mutual fund accounts. Such entries are restricted against money market fund accounts for security reasons. Many banking entities suggest that individuals transfer funds to a deposit account and have the ACH debit applied against the deposit account.