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Prepare and efile Your Maine Tax Return
The efile.com tax software makes it easy for you to efile your state tax return and use the correct state tax forms. Prepare and efile your Maine state tax return (resident, nonresident, or part-year resident) and Federal tax return together or separately at efile.com. View the federal tax return filing requirements.
Maine Income Tax Filing Deadline
The regular deadline to file a Maine state income tax return is April 15.
|Tax Deadline Date||Type of Income Tax Return||Filing Deadline / Due Date Description|
|April 18, 2016
||2015 Maine State Tax Return
||Due date for Maine State Income Tax Returns - income tax filing deadline
|April 18, 2016
||2015 Maine State Tax Extension
||Due date for Maine extensions
|October 15, 2016
||2015 Maine State Tax Return
||Last day to efile a 2015 Maine State Income Tax Return for tax extension filers and late efilers
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Maine State Tax Forms that Can Be efiled
efile.com supports all of the forms that Maine allows to be efiled. You can efile any of the following Maine state tax forms:
|Form/Schedule||Description||Can I efile this form?|
||Demographic Information (Residency/Filing Status)-Page 1
||Income Modifications (Page 2)
||Worksheet for Line 2D (Page 3)
||Worksheet for Line 2F (Page 4)
||Part-Year, Nonresident, or Safe Harbor- Residency Information
Maine State Tax Forms that Cannot Be efiled
Maine State Tax Withholding Form
||Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
Maine State Tax Payment Voucher Form
||Individual Income Tax Payment Voucher and Extension Payment Voucher
ME Tax Extension
|Extension Form||Maine Extension Instructions||How to File|
If you are unable to file your return by April 18, 2016, Maine allows an automatic six month extension of time to file. This extension is only effective if the ME state return is filed within six months (by October 15, 2016).
Requests for additional time to file must be submitted in writing prior to the expiration of the 6-month period. Generally, the total extension period cannot exceed 8 months.
Please note that an extension to file your Maine tax return is NOT an extension for paying taxes owed. If you owe tax, you must pay at least 90% of that amount by the original due date for filing your return (April 18, 2016 for calendar-year filers) in order to avoid the penalty for late payment of tax. Complete and file Form 1040PMT-ME along with your ME tax payment.
The remaining 10% must be paid when the return is filed on or before October 18, 2016 in order to avoid the failure-to-pay penalty. However, interest is charged on any tax paid after the original due date of your return. Remit your extension payment with the payment voucher by the original due date for filing your Maine return to: Maine Revenue Services, PO Box 9114, Augusta, ME 04332-9114. If you make a payment prior to filing your return, you must use a Long Form (1040ME) when you file your return.
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ME Tax Amendment
Amended Maine state tax returns can only be filed by mail; they cannot be efiled. Learn how to prepare and file a Maine tax amendment.
2014 Maine Tax Forms
Maine tax returns for 2014 and other previous Tax Years cannot be prepared and filed online. Download the tax forms, complete them, and mail them to the Maine Revenue Services.
|Form/Schedule||Description||How to File|
||Maine Individual Income Tax
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||Worksheet for Pension Income Deduction-Line 2D
||Worksheet for Premiums for Long-Term Care Insurance-Line 2D
||Credit for Income Tax Paid to Other Jurisdiction
||Adjustments to Tax/Child Care Credit Worksheet
||Maine Minimum Tax Worksheet
||Voluntary Contributions and Purchase of Park Passes
||Estimated Tax for Individuals
||Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals, Estates or Trusts
||Residency Information Worksheet for Part-Year Residents/ Nonresident/"Safe Harbor" Residents
||Income Allocation Worksheet for Part-Year Residents/ Nonresident/"Safe Harbor" Residents
||Employee Apportionment Worksheet
Where's My Refund? - Check Your Maine State Tax Refund Status
File electronically or early in the tax season to get your Maine state tax return refund faster.
Check your Maine tax refund return status online.
ME efile Error Codes
If your Maine state return was rejected, you will receive an error reject code. If you prepared and efiled your return on efile.com, we will provide you with an explanation of how to correct the error on your return. You may then resubmit your state return at no additional charge until it is accepted by the state.
View a list of all Maine State efile Income Tax Return Error Reject Codes.
Maine Tax Facts
ME Income Tax:
Individual income is taxed across four tax brackets.
The tax brackets for single married filing separately taxpayers are:
- No tax on the first $5,200 of taxable income
- 6.5% on taxable income between $5,200 and $20,900
- 7.95% on taxable income of $20,900 and above
The tax brackets for taxpayers filing as head of household are:
- No tax on the first $7,800 of taxable income
- 6.5% on taxable income between $7,800 and $31,350
- 7.95% on taxable income of $31,350 and above.
The tax brackets for married taxpayers filing joint returns or qualifying widowers are:
- No tax on the first $10,450 of taxable income
- 6.5% on taxable income between $10,450 and $41,850
- 7.95% on taxable income of $41,850 and above
ME Sales Tax:
Maine has a general sales tax rate of 5.5%. The state also charges a 8% tax on prepared food and lodging and a 10% tax on short-term automobile rentals.
Maine offers specific exemptions for a number of different kinds of organizations and institutions, including schools, hospitals, churches, libraries, and churches.
More information on Maine Sales Tax
ME Personal Property Tax:
All personal property in Maine is taxable unless specifically exempted by statute. The administration of property taxes is handled by the local assessor in towns and cities.Though property taxes are assessed at the local level, municipal assessors are governed by state statutes that are administered by the Property Tax Division of Maine Revenue Services.
Property tax bills are issued by the municipality where the property is located on either an annual, semi-annual or quarterly basis. Due dates vary based upon the issue dates of the bills.
Eligible Maine residents who have owned homestead property in the state for at least a year and make the property they occupy their permanent residence on April 1 can receive a $10,000 exemption.
Odd Tax Fact:
Maine has a blueberry tax return.
Commercial sellers of blueberries (a Maine staple) must keep records of their transactions and pay a "blueberry tax" of 1.5 cents per pound ($1.50 per 100 pounds) of the fruit they sold each season. Before November 1 of each year, sellers must pay the "blueberry tax," as well as file a report (BLU, Blueberry Tax Return) containing the following items:
- All the sales and purchases of the fruit
- Sale dates
- Names of those involved
- Number of blueberries (in pounds) purchased
ME State Tax Agency:
For more information, you can visit the website of The Maine Revenue Services.
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