Gov. Baker, Legislature Extend Tax Filing Deadline Due to Coronavirus

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Gov. Charlie Baker announced that Massachusetts income tax deadline will be pushed back three months in response to the the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

The agreement between the Governor’s office and the State Legislature pushes the deadline to file taxes from April 15 to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers do not have to file anything to qualify to the extension. The change comes a week after the Federal Income Tax filing deadline was extended.

“Massachusetts will move the state personal income tax filing and payment deadline to July 15, consistent with the federal government, in order to provide additional flexibility to filers during this crisis,” said Baker. “In partnership with our colleagues in the Legislature, we are committed to providing this flexibility to taxpayers in a way that protects the Commonwealth’s strong fiscal footing that we have all worked hard to develop over the past several years.” 

Senate President Karen E. Spilka added in the announcement: “The top priority during this public health crisis is to address the immediate needs facing our residents. Our message is clear: residents should stay home and avoid social contact to be safe. Extending the tax deadline helps us accomplish that goal and provides peace of mind.”

The agreement also allows for measures to help maintain the state’s revenue stream, said House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

“The House, in partnership with the Senate and the Administration, agreed to an extension of the state tax filing deadline to ease the burden on individuals while agreeing to borrowing measures that would protect the Commonwealth’s revenue stream,” DeLeo said, according to the announcement. 

Individuals with questions or concerns regarding taxes can contact the Massachusetts Department of Revenue at 617-887-6367 or send a secure e-message through MassTaxConnect

The latest information and guidance regarding COVID-19 is always available at mass.gov/COVID19

See the entire announcement from the Governor’s office by clicking here.

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