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As a senior citizen, you may be eligible to claim a refundable credit on your personal state income tax return. The Circuit Breaker tax credit is based on the actual real estate taxes paid on the Massachusetts residential property you own or rent and occupy as your principal residence.
The maximum credit amount for 2017 is $1,080. If the credit you're owed exceeds the amount of the total tax payable for the year, you'll be refunded the additional amount of the credit without interest.
The Department of Revenue has planned an extensive series of presentations to educate taxpayers 65 and older about the benefits of the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit. Learn more.
Another great resource is the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit Video Tutorial.
If you are eligible for the Circuit Breaker Credit, complete Schedule CB with your Massachusetts state income tax return.
If you qualify for the tax credit in a prior tax year but didn't file Schedule CB with your original state income tax return, you should file an amended return with your Schedule CB. Be sure to fill in the Amended return oval on the return.
The Schedule CB must be completed within three years from the last day for filing the return, without regard to any extension of time to file.
For more details, please visit Apply for the Circuit Breaker tax credit.