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Power of Attorney (POA) & Third-Party Authorization
Taxpayers can authorize someone else to handle their taxes. Learn about the different types of third-party authorization. Visit Power of Attorney (POA) and Third-Party Authorization.
Personal Income & Corporate Excise Tax Law Changes
Coming soon: Here you will find descriptions of major Massachusetts Personal Income (Chapter 62) and Corporate Excise (Chapter 63) tax law changes for the current year.
Differences Between Mass Law & Federal Law
For personal income tax purposes, Massachusetts generally follows the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) as amended and in effect on January 1, 2005. In certain instances, however, Massachusetts specifically adopts provisions of the IRC as currently in effect.
E-File & Payment Information
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If you must file on paper
We recommend filing on MassTaxConnect or through vendor software because it’s fast, easy and provides calculation assistance, instant satisfaction, and an electronic confirmation.
If you must file on paper, enclose all pages of the tax return and any additional documents in an envelope without using staples or paper clips. Staples or paper clips may cause damage to the return when they’re removed which will slow down the processing of the return.
When to File an Amended Return
File an amended return to report an error, omission or change on a return that has already been filed, whether increasing or decreasing the amount of tax.
For Personal Income Tax, if you were assessed a Health Care Penalty and had health insurance, file an amended return and be sure to include a complete and accurate Schedule HC. If you're claiming an exemption or requesting an appeal due to a hardship or other circumstances, make sure to indicate that on the schedule.
For more information visit Amend your tax return or request an abatement of tax.
Who’s a Massachusetts Resident, Non-resident or Part-year Resident?
Your legal and residency status in Massachusetts affects how you file your taxes. Find out what you should file and how to report your income. Visit legal and residency status in Massachusetts.