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Blog Post  Extension Deadline for Filing Income Tax Returns is October 16, 2023

  • Massachusetts Department of Revenue
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Sometimes we’re just not ready for Tax Day. If you weren’t ready to file by the April 18 deadline, you qualified for an automatic extension if you paid at least 80% of your tax liability by April 18.   

Reminder: It’s an extension of time to file, not to pay. Interest will be charged on any amount due with a return, even if you have a valid extension.   

With an extension, returns must be filed on or before October 16, 2023.   

How to file your personal income tax return extension  

When you’re ready to file, we encourage you to e-file for a fast and easy process. Individual taxpayers making an extension payment of $5,000 or more must make the payment electronically with MassTaxConnect or commercial software.  

After you’ve filed   

Want the most up-to-date information about your return? Once you’ve filed your return, you can use our online Check the Status of Your Refund.

All you’ll need to provide is:  

  • Refund year  

  • SSN and   

  • Refund amount.   

If you e-filed your return and chose direct deposit, it may take up to 4-6 weeks for your refund. If you filed on paper, it could take 8-10 weeks to receive a direct deposit refund. Add another week if paper check is requested.      

For information on extensions for tax types other than personal income tax, please visit DOR Tax Due Dates and Extensions. 


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