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Amendments and abatements are now separate processes      

Form CA-6 is like an old friend and now we have to say goodbye. It was very useful for filing abatements or amending returns. Now those processes will be separated, as they’ve already been for business taxpayers.

Hello Form ABT, goodbye Form CA-6

As of October 31, 2016, Form ABT, which was recently updated to include personal income, estate, fiduciary and other taxes, is the form to use to dispute penalties or audit assessments. The CA-6 should not be used after October 31. If you have some left in the office, please recycle them today.

Making amends

If you’re amending a tax return, simply file the amended return. Form ABT can’t be used to file an amendment. For amended personal income tax returns for 2016 and after, fill in the “Amended return” bubble at the top of the form. For earlier tax years, simply write “amended return” across the top of the return before submitting.

As of December 5, amend returns or file abatements electronically

The same, convenient electronic process now used by businesses will be available in MassTaxConnect for taxes like personal income, estate, and fiduciary. Simply file a dispute through MassTaxConnect to dispute penalties or an audit assessment. This new electronic option will speed up the process for you.

And, if amending a return, simply submit the revised return through MassTaxConnect. Personal income tax returns cannot be submitted through MassTaxConnect and should instead be filed through tax preparation software, by your preparer, or on paper.

More information on MassTaxConnect

Check out the information page on MassTaxConnect; it’s updated regularly with new information and includes Frequently Asked Questions, covering a range of topics, and How to Tutorials, describing the features of the new system.

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