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Press Release Electronic Filing for Income Tax Returns Begins on Friday, February 12

Taxpayers encouraged to file their returns electronically and early
For immediate release:
2/11/2021
  • Massachusetts Department of Revenue

Media Contact for Electronic Filing for Income Tax Returns Begins on Friday, February 12

Naysa Woomer

Boston The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) is reminding members of the public that the state will begin accepting electronically filed state income tax returns on Friday, February 12, 2021, consistent with the IRS opening date for federal income tax. Massachusetts taxpayers can file both their state and federal personal income taxes through Thursday, April 15, 2021.

As always, we encourage Massachusetts taxpayers to file their returns early and electronically in order to ensure the quickest refund processing times,” said DOR Commissioner Geoffrey E. Snyder. “During the 2019 tax year, approximately 90% of Massachusetts taxpayers filed their income taxes electronically. Electronic filing is also a responsible option given social distancing requirements and choosing direct deposit for a refund will help minimize potential paper delays.”

DOR is committed to providing Massachusetts taxpayers with safe and efficient filing options, as well as addressing filing questions and concerns. The Department’s website offers many taxpayer and preparer resources, including FAQs, free e-file options, and information on locating free tax help. Taxpayers who qualify for free tax preparation programs are encouraged to check directly with local VITA and TCE sites for remote working restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOR’s Where’s My Refund? application is available 24/7 and is the best resource to find out the status of your refund. Additionally, Massachusetts taxpayers can find more information, including forms, instructions, and tips, on DOR’s website. To avoid penalties, returns for Massachusetts taxpayers must be filed electronically or postmarked by midnight April 15.

DOR is also monitoring the latest developments and is following the guidelines issued by both the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. As a result, our counters are currently closed to the public. Taxpayers needing assistance can contact DOR by phone (617) 887-6367 or (800) 392-6089.

*The Department of Revenue does not endorse nor recommend any particular tax preparation software.

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Media Contact for Electronic Filing for Income Tax Returns Begins on Friday, February 12

Massachusetts Department of Revenue  

DOR manages state taxes and child support. We also help cities and towns manage their finances, and administer the Underground Storage Tank Program. Similarly, our mission includes rulings and regulations, tax policy analysis, communications, and legislative affairs.
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