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."
DOR + Social Media — #CheckUsOut posted on Jul 28
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Commute to work on the T, Commuter Rail or Turnpike? You may be eligible for a Massachusetts Commuter Deduction on your tax return! posted on Jul 16
The Commuter Deduction was enacted by the Legislature to cover specific commuter expenses. To help understand the deduction, the Department of Revenue’s DOR University has released an e-learning module explaining what qualifies for a deduction, real-life examples and how you can claim your commuter deduction …Continue Reading Commute to work on the T, Commuter Rail or Turnpike? You may be eligible for a Massachusetts Commuter Deduction on your tax return!
DOR Offers FREE E-Learning Course on Fraternal Organization Tax Responsibilities posted on Jul 9
Help get the word out! The Department of Revenue’s online DOR University has recently developed a new free e-learning course on the tax responsibilities of fraternal organizations. Fraternal organizations are considered a type of Chapter 180 Corporation, which are formed for charitable or other purposes. …Continue Reading DOR Offers FREE E-Learning Course on Fraternal Organization Tax Responsibilities