The fastest and most accurate method of filing your return is through electronic filing (e-filing). You can e-file your return either through a professional tax preparer or by using a state-approved commercial software package. You may also opt to file either a 2-D barcoded paper return or traditional paper return.
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue estimates that 75% of online returns will continue to be processed in two to three days, and anticipates issuing most refunds in less than two weeks from the time returns are received.
Refund turnaround times for e-filed returns could take up to four to six weeks if additional information is needed to verify a filer’s identity to protect against refund fraud. If taxpayers choose to file by paper, refunds could take up to eight to 10 weeks to process.
Massachusetts has extended free tax filing options for the state taxpayers. If you meet certain guidelines for adjusted gross income, you may qualify for free filing options on your tax return. To file your return, choose from one of the participating vendors.
If you do not qualify for one of the Free File Alliance options, there may be other free filing options available from the state's approved software vendors.
Find information on filing your federal tax return electronically. You are eligible to file electronically for free if your adjusted gross income is $66,000 or less.