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The Massachusetts EITC is available to certain individuals or families who meet the tax requirements for the federal EITC.
To claim the Massachusetts EITC, you must file a tax return and be a Massachusetts resident.
To learn what the maximum Massachusetts EITC allowed for Single and Head of Household, check the IRS Table below. The Massachusetts EITC is based on the federal EITC.
IRS Table for the tax year 2017 for Single and Head of Household:
Maximum Federal Adjusted Gross Income
Number of Qualifying Children
Maximum Federal EITC
Maximum MA Credit Allowed
To learn what the maximum Massachusetts EITC allowed for married filing jointly, check the IRS Table below. The Massachusetts EITC is based on the federal EITC.
IRS Table for the tax year 2017 for Married Filing Jointly:
If the IRS is computing your federal EITC, you should wait until the IRS gives you the credit amount before claiming the EITC on your Massachusetts return.
If you haven’t received the federal EITC by the deadline for filing your Massachusetts return, an automatic 6-month extension will be granted as long as at least 80% of the total amount of tax due has been paid on or before the due date. If you expect a refund, you are automatically approved for a 6-month extension.
You can file an amended return if:
When filing an amended return, use Form 1: Massachusetts Resident Income Tax Return or Form 1-NR/PY: Massachusetts Nonresident or Part-Year Resident Income Tax Return. Be sure to fill in the Amended return oval on your Massachusetts return.
For part-year residents, Massachusetts calculates your Massachusetts EITC differently.
The amount of the Massachusetts EITC is limited to 23% of the federal EITC multiplied by the total number of days you resided in Massachusetts divided by 365 days.
Nonresidents are no longer eligible for the Massachusetts EITC after the tax year 2016.