Here are some tips for filing your MA state personal income taxes:

  1. Find out if you qualify for the earned income tax credit. The EITC is a benefit for working people with low or moderate incomes which could lower your taxes or help you get a refund.
  2. E-file if possible. 90% of MA taxpayers file electronically. This means their refunds are faster, they have greater accuracy, and their returns are safe.
  3. Take advantage of the senior circuit breaker credit if you own or rent a home and meet the qualifications (which include being at least 65 years old).
  4. Although providing identification information is not required for MA tax returns, providing this information can strengthen safeguards to protect taxpayers from identity theft and validate the taxpayer’s electronically filed return before the return is accepted for processing.
  5. Avoid common mistakes. For example, include the right schedules or your return can’t be processed. Check your math, especially if you’re applying for the EITC. Don’t use staples or paper clips when submitting your return. Be sure your bank account numbers are correct so you can receive your direct deposit. Include your signature or your return won’t be considered valid.