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Lots of things changed as a result of the COVID-19 emergency, but not the extension due date.

The deadline to file Massachusetts personal income tax returns was moved from April 15 to July 15 this year. If you were not ready to file by the July 15 deadline, you qualified for an automatic extension if you paid at least 80% of your tax by July 15.  It’s an extension of time to file, not to pay. Interest will be charged on any amount due with a return, even if you have a valid extension. With an extension, returns must be filed on or before October 15, 2020.

For Corporate Taxpayers

Penalties were waived for corporate taxpayers (including banks and insurance companies) with an April 15 due date, if filed and paid by July 15.  Corporate Taxpayers seeking a longer extension – October 15 for stand-alone corporations and November 15 for most combined groups – must have paid the required amount by the original due date of April 15.

How to file your personal income tax return when you’re ready

When you are ready to file, DOR Commissioner Geoffrey Snyder encourages all taxpayers to use E-file options for fast and easy submissions and refund processing. On our DOR website, we highlight many different filing options (free to most) that you can choose from. We also provide some help if you want to locate a paid tax professional. And there are some services for tax preparation that are free to those who qualify. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) free tax sites in the community are available but have moved operations online due to COVID-19. Taxpayers who meet income requirements for free services are encouraged to visit www.getyourrefund.org and get started on your return. To begin, answer a few questions about your tax situation and you will be paired with a tax volunteer to file your return and upload documents.

  • Programs like Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) did offer free tax assistance for taxpayers in the senior community. Please check with them to determine what services are being offered after the July 15 deadline.

Resources:

File an extension for filing Massachusetts Personal Income or Fiduciary tax

2020 DOR Tax Due Dates and Extensions

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