The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) has opened the state tax filing season, which will run through Tuesday, April 17, 2018. \n\nIn order to enhance fraud prevention and speed up refund processing, taxpayers are encouraged to file their returns electronically.\u00a0 Massachusetts is a member of the FreeFile Alliance*, a nonprofit coalition of tax software providers partnered with the IRS and a number of other states.\u00a0 Most taxpayers fall into the income eligibility requirements for free filing; additional information is available at mass.gov/efile.\n\nDOR launched a new opt-in fraud prevention program for the 2017 tax season that will allow taxpayers to gain more control over their personal information. Taxpayers that opt-in to the new program will receive a confirmation request from MassTaxConnect when a return is filed using the participating taxpayer\u2019s social security number. Once confirmation is received, the return will be processed.\u00a0 To opt-in, taxpayers can call 617.887.MDOR or send an e-message through the MassTaxConnect website at mass.gov/masstaxconnect.\n\n\u201cThe Department of Revenue\u2019s top priority is refund fraud prevention.\u00a0 Last tax season we stopped roughly $40 million in fraudulent returns and we continue to deploy system enhancements that detect fraud while releasing legitimate refunds in a timely manner,\u201d said Christopher C. Harding, Commissioner of Revenue. \u201cWe look forward to working with taxpayers during this filing season and encourage taxpayers to reach out to the Department with any questions or concerns.\u201d\n\nDOR estimates that 75% of online returns will be processed in 2-3 days and expects most refunds will be issued in less than two weeks. \u00a0Taxpayers can check their refund status on MassTaxConnect at mass.gov/masstaxconnect. \n\nAvoid delays by taking the following steps:\n\nE-file returns and select direct deposit of your refund.\u00a0 \n\tIf filing on paper, do not use forms with watermarks and do not staple or paperclip forms.\u00a0 \n\tAsk for Help. \u00a0Taxpayer help is always available on DOR\u2019s website, with topics ranging from how to find a tax preparer to tax law changes. You\u2019ll find options for free tax help for taxpayers who qualify like the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs; locations are available across Massachusetts.\n* Please note that the Massachusetts Department of Revenue does not endorse or recommend any particular tax preparation software.