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Tax season is upon us. Massachusetts state income taxes are due to be filed by April 16, 2013.

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue website contains plenty of information about how to file your 2012 state income taxes, and here are answers to a few common questions:

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Can I file my personal income taxes online?

Where can I find the forms I need for my 2012 Massachusetts personal income taxes?

  • The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has released 2012 personal income tax forms, available here.
  • Additional tax forms – for corporations, estates, partnerships, financial institutions, insurance companies, and other entities – are available here. 

How can I determine my filing status?

  • There are several different filing status options, and if more than one applies, taxpayers should choose the one which results in the lowest tax. Filing status also determines whether taxpayers are eligible for certain deductions, exemptions and credits. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has a comprehensive list comparing the different filing statuses here.

How can I make sure my refund is processed as quickly as possible?

  • File as early as possible in the tax season, but not before receipt of all relevant tax statements.
  • E-File your return to get a speedy refund.

Can I get an extension if I am not ready to file my 2012 Massachusetts income tax return by the due date of April 16, 2013? 

  • Yes. If you are unable to meet the income tax filing deadline, you can apply for an automatic six-month extension to file your Massachusetts personal income tax return and to make payments. The federal automatic extension to file is also six months.
  • You may request an extension by filling out Form M-4868, Application for Automatic Six-month Extension of Time to File Massachusetts Income Tax Return, using one of the following methods:
    • Via the web using DOR's WebFile for Income
    • By completing a paper Form M-4868 and mailing it to: Massachusetts Department of Revenue, PO Box 7070, Boston, MA 02204.

I already filed my taxes. How do I know when I will get my refund?

  • Check out the Department of Revenue’s Where’s My Refund? tool. Please note: You will need to register and log-in to gain access to your records.

How can I find out about free tax preparation information?

  • Many taxpayers qualify to have their federal and state income taxes prepared and filed for free. Check here to see if you meet eligibility requirements.

What If I have questions that aren’t answered here?

For other questions or additional information, please visit the Department of Revenue’s website.

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