How to File a Massachusetts State Tax Amendment


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What Is the Massachusetts Definition of a Tax Amendment?

In the state of Massachusetts you must file a tax amendment if there was a change in your income. You must file the tax amendment form no later than 3 years after filing the original return regardless of extensions, no later than 2 years since receiving a notification that the tax is assessed, or no later than 1 year after the tax was paid.

How to file a tax amendment in Massachusetts

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You can also download, fill out, and mail your tax amendment.

Massachusetts State Tax Amendment Forms (download, print out, fill out, and mail)

To amend a Massachusetts state tax return, complete Form CA-6. 

FormDescription
Form CA-6 Application for Abatement/Amended Return

Penalties, Interest, and Fees

In the state of Massachusetts there are numerous tax penalties that can be imposed, including bounced check penalty, dishonored electronic funds transfer penalty, a penalty for failing to file, report or pay taxes electronically, a failure to report federal or state tax changes penalty, failure to file penalty, late payment penalty, nonfiler double penalty, and tax preparers penalty, among others. 

A bounced check penalty is imposed when check that is used to pay any tax, penalty or fee to the state of Massachusetts doesn't clear, and amounts to $30, or the amount of payment due, whichever us less.

A dishonored electronic funds transfer penalty is imposed when an electronic transfer payment is used to pay tax, penalty or fee due to the state of Massachusetts but the transfer fails. The penalty amounts to $30 or the tax payment due, whichever is less.

A penalty for failing to file, report or pay taxes electronically is assessed when the taxpayer fails to file a tax return in the way that is indicated by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. The Department of Revenue can tell taxpayers to file and pay electronically to improve efficiency and punishes those who don't follow its directions. The penalty amounts to $100 for each tax return that is prepared in an improper manner.

A failure to report federal or state tax changes penalty is assessed when there have been changes in either the federal or state tax return(one other than Massachusetts), and the taxpayer fails to file a tax amendment form within a year of receiving final notification from federal or state government.

A failure to file penalty is imposed when the taxpayer fails to file a tax return, and amounts to 1% of the tax due per month. A late payment penalty is imposed when the taxpayer fails to pay the tax by the due date, and amount to 1% of the tax due per month . Both penalties can't exceed 25%. 

A nonfiler double penalty is imposed when the taxpayer either fails to file a tax return or has filed a return that either has inadequate amount of information or is wrong, has been notified by the Massachusetts Department of revenue, and doesn't file a tax return within 30 days. The penalty amounts to double the previous penalty.

A tax preparers penalty is when an individual who prepares the tax forms and willfully reports deceiving and fraudulent information will be fined up to $100,000 or be sentenced to 3 years in prison, or both. This offense is considered a felony by the state of Massachusetts.

Where to mail your tax amendment -  Massachusetts Mailing Address:

Massachusetts Department of Revenue
Customer Service Bureau, PO Box 7031
Boston, MA 02204

 

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