With little more than four weeks left until the April 17 tax filing deadline, about half of the expected 3.4 million tax tax returns have been filed. Lest you think that unusual, that is 105,996 or 7 percent higher than a year ago.
More than 1.3 million refunds totaling $634.9 million have been paid to taxpayers, up $33 million from a year ago, when 1.27 million refunds had been paid at this point.
The average refund is the same as a year ago, $472, with 80 percent of those filing receiving a refund, same as last year.
A year ago, 86.3 percent of returns had been filed electronically; it is up slightly to 87 percent this year. So far, 947,463 returns have been filed electronically, up 8 percent or 103,757 more than a year ago. This reflects the fact that filing season got off to a quicker start this year than a year ago, when the IRS advised those who itemize deductions to wait until mid-February for revised tax tables.
Class in Session at DOR University posted on Jan 20
Looking to educate yourself this tax season? Want to learn more about tax options, or DOR-related issues? All this can be achieved at DOR University, the Department of Revenue’s free online e-learning module. DOR University, created to offer free tax education to the public and …Continue Reading Class in Session at DOR University
Multi-agency investigation in two states leads to charges posted on Nov 19
Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Illegal Tobacco Commission, chaired by DOR Commissioner Amy Pitter, released a report on the illicit tobacco trade which recommends that teaming up with federal, state and local law enforcement can be a successful model for combatting such criminal activity. And …Continue Reading Multi-agency investigation in two states leads to charges
Top priority: protecting the taxpayer and the Commonwealth’s revenue posted on Oct 8
With identity theft on the rise, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue is taking new steps to combat the problem and protect taxpayers. In some cases, this means asking taxpayers to take a quiz before getting their state refund check. DOR is teaming up with LexisNexis …Continue Reading Top priority: protecting the taxpayer and the Commonwealth’s revenue