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Tax Relief in Massachusetts

Massachusetts MapMassachusetts residents have one of the lowest personal income tax rates in the nation with its flat rate of 5.2%. This puts the state 21st lowest among all states that levy an individual income tax. However, with an average of $1,761 collected per person in state and local income taxes, Massachusetts ranks fourth highest in the nation.

Similarly, state residents pay the fourth highest amount in average federal taxes per year at $15,552, more than $4,000 higher than the U.S. average. Property taxes are also high compared with the rest of the nation, as Massachusetts’ state and local governments collected more than $2,000 per person. These three taxes have made it necessary for many individuals in Massachusetts to seek tax relief as their financial burdens increase.

Even with a median income of $62,963, Massachusetts residents have seen a decline of more than 8% in the average household income over the past few years.

This relatively high median income does not stop many people in Massachusetts from having taxes owed to federal, state, and local government. When forced to choose between saving money to pay the IRS and feeding their families, it is no surprise that many families use their income to buy groceries, put gas in the car, or pay the rent. When April 15th rolls around, individuals find themselves with little-to-no money in savings to meet their tax obligations.

Because of the challenges faced by many living in Massachusetts, tax relief is becoming one popular strategy to manage mounting pressures due to job loss, medical bills, or increasing tax bills. Experienced tax relief companies have a wide range of tools available to help their clients alleviate the stress of owing taxes at the federal and state level, and of knowing that wages may be garnished or assets seized. Tax relief can come in many formats, such as audit representation and reconsideration, setting up various types of payment plans with the IRS, and tax return review.


These 13 movies received more than $10 million each in Massachusetts film tax credits

Anecdotally, it seems like some sort of film production pops up almost every week in Massachusetts. Statistically, it's likely even more frequent than that. From 2011 to 2017, Massachusetts awarded an ...

Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 01:00:00 GMT

Property tax by the numbers: the Brockton area's biggest spenders and savers

Not exactly. Even with a relatively modest tax rate-at $15.96, Easton has the 152nd most expensive rate out of 343 Massachusetts communities with available data-residents of Easton find themselves pay...

Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:27:00 GMT

Taxes 2019: When they're due, how to file online and more

For most people in the US, taxes for 2018 are officially due on Monday, April 15, 2019. The exception: if you live in Maine or Massachusetts, where the 15th is the Patriot's Day holiday, or the Distri...

Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:30:00 GMT

PrismHR and State Tax Solutions Announce New Partnership

HOPKINTON, Mass., Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- PrismHR, the leading HR software platform for human resource outsourcing (HRO) service providers, today announced a new partnership with State Tax ...

Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT

SeniorCare & AARP Provide Free Tax Preparation

SeniorCare Inc.'s RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore are proud to partner with AARP and coordinate the AARP Tax-Aide Program, a vital service for elders, enabling them much needed assistance with ...

Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:52:00 GMT

Mass. film tax credits are drawing scrutiny

I read with interest the story by reporters Matt Stout and Matt Rocheleau documenting how the Massachusetts tax subsidy program has benefited Hollywood productions shot in our state ("State gave out $...

Published:  Mon, 14 Jan 2019 21:00:00 GMT

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