Between the American Association of Retired Persons Foundation Tax Aide program, and the IRS Volunteer Tax Information Assistance (VITA) program, there are close to 600 sites across the Commonwealth offering free state and federal tax preparation service to low- and moderate-income tax filers as well as those 60 and older.
The AARP sites can be found here; the VITA sites here. Both programs will assist low- and moderate-income taxpayers and those 60 and older in filing for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, and the state's Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit. Both are refundable tax credits.
The EITC delivers a maximum federal tax credit of more than $5,751, which is then matched by a state tax credit equal to 15 percent of the federal credit or an additional $862. The income ceiling for the EITC is $49,078 for a married couple filing jointly or $43,998 for a single head of household.
Last year, more than 26 million federal tax filers received nearly $59 billion in tax credits. In Massachusetts, nearly $110 million was paid to nearly 400,000 tax filers as a result of the 15 percent state match, which began in 1997. The EITC was enacted by Congress in 1975.
Gov. Deval Patrick issued a proclamation declaring Jan. 27 as Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day. That same day, Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray issued a statement pointing out that "there are still many Massachusetts residents who do not realize that they qualify for the program or do not know how to claim the credit … this resource is critical now more than ever, as Massachusetts families can use some extra money in their pocket to support every day needs for their households."
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