Massachusetts State Personal Tax Extension

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Requirements for a Personal Income Tax Extension in the State of Massachusetts

Massachusetts personal income tax returns are due by the 15th day of the 4th month following the close of the tax year (April 15 for calendar year taxpayers). If you cannot file by that date, you can get a state tax extension. A Massachusetts personal extension will give you 6 extra months to file, which moves the deadline to October 15.

A tax extension only gives you more time to file, not to pay. At least 80% of your total Massachusetts tax liability must be paid by the original deadline (April 15) for your tax extension to be valid. If you pay 100% of your tax due by the original deadline, you will automatically receive a Massachusetts tax extension.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires personal extensions to be filed electronically if no payment is being made with the extension request. Individual tax filers, regardless of income, can request a tax filing extension. You are also required to file electronically if you’re making an extension payment of $5,000 or more. To file a personal tax extension online, go to Massachusetts WebFile for Income: wfb.dor.state.ma.us/WebFile/WebForms/AutoExtension

Taxpayers who aren’t required to file their extension electronically can use Form M-4868 (Application for Automatic Six-Month Extension of Time to File Massachusetts Income Tax Return). Submit this form by the original deadline of your return (April 15). Remember that an extension payment for your estimated tax due must accompany Form M-4868 when it’s filed.

NOTE: In certain cases, there is no need to submit a tax extension application at all. The Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue will grant an automatic 6-month tax extension as long as you meet both of the following requirements:

• You owe zero tax with your Massachusetts return (or are due a tax refund); and

• You’ve paid 100% of your Massachusetts tax liability for that year (through withholding, estimated payments, or credits) by the original deadline of your return

For more information, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Revenue website: www.mass.gov/dor

Tax Forms Required by the State of Massachusetts

Form M-4868 (Application for Automatic Six-Month Extension of Time to File Massachusetts Income Tax Return):

Mail with payment to the following address:

Massachusetts Department of Revenue

P.O. Box 7070

Boston, MA  02204

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FAQ

The rules and regulations for business tax extensions are different in every state. Some states will automatically grant you a state tax extension if you obtain a valid Federal extension — but other states require a separate state-specific application. For state-by-state information about filing tax extensions, please visit our State Tax Extensions center.

If your company maintains financial books/records, you can determine your current tax liability if you multiply your taxable income by the applicable tax rate. Many people simply use their numbers from last year’s tax return (as long as your tax situation is relatively similar). Remember to reduce your current tax balance by the amount of tax that was withheld (or paid via estimated tax payments), if any, during the year.

Yes. You can get more time to file for an estate or trust by submitting IRS Form 7004 for a business tax extension. An extension will give you 5 extra months to file Form 1041 (U.S. Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts). During TaxExtension.com’s online application process, you will have the option of choosing “Estate” or “Trust” for your business entity type.

It depends on what type of LLC you have. For Federal income tax purposes, a multi-member LLC is classified as a “partnership” by default (unless it specifically elects to be treated as a corporation). A multi-member LLC classified as a partnership should request a business tax extension (IRS Form 7004) to get 5 extra months to file. A multi-member LLC classified as a corporation should also request a business tax extension, which provides 6 extra months to file a corporation return. On the other hand, a single-member LLC is classified as a “disregarded entity” by default (unless it specifically elects to be treated as a corporation). When a single-member LLC is treated as a disregarded entity, that means its activities are reported on the owner’s individual income tax return (Form 1040). So if you have a single-member LLC, you only need one (1) personal tax extension (IRS Form 4868) to cover yourself and your business, which gives you 6 extra months to file your return.

Independent contractors (Form 1099), sole proprietors (Form 1040 Schedule C), and single-member LLCs that report their business activities on their personal tax return (IRS Form 1040) should request a personal tax extension — not a business extension. For these taxpayers, a personal extension (IRS Form 4868) will cover both themselves and their business. If you have a different type of business, such as a partnership or S-corporation, you should file IRS Form 7004 for a business tax extension.

An IRS tax extension will give a business 5 or 6 extra months (depending on the type of business entity) to file its Federal income tax return. A business tax extension grants 5 more months to file: Form 1041, Form 1065, and Form 8804. A business tax extension grants 6 more months to file: Form 706-GS(D), Form 706-GS(T), Form 1041 (bankruptcy estate only), Form 1041-N, Form 1041-QFT, Form 1042, Form 1065-B, Form 1066, Form 1120, Form 1120-C, Form 1120-F, Form 1120-FSC, Form 1120-H, Form 1120-L, Form 1120-ND, Form 1120-ND (section 4951 taxes), Form 1120-PC, Form 1120-POL, Form 1120-REIT, Form 1120-RIC, Form 1120S, Form 1120-SF, Form 3520-A, Form 8612, Form 8613, Form 8725, Form 8831, Form 8876, Form 8924, and Form 8928. Our easy-to-use online application makes it easy for you to select the correct business entity type. If you are unsure which business tax return is required for your business, TaxExtension.com will help you figure it out.

Most partnerships and multi-member LLCs are required to file a separate income tax return, which means you will need a business extension to cover your business tax return, plus a personal extension to cover your personal tax return. On the other hand, a single-member LLC is classified as a “disregarded entity” (or “pass-through entity”), which means the business activities are reported on the owner’s personal tax return. In that case, you would only need a personal tax extension to cover both you and your business.

If you file a separate tax return for your business and you’re required to provide the business’ EIN (employer identification number) on the return, you should also provide the EIN on your tax extension request. Note that most businesses are required to obtain an EIN, which the IRS uses to identify a business entity. However, if you have a single-member LLC — which is considered a “pass-through entity” (or “disregarded entity”) — you should use your SSN (Social Security Number) instead of an EIN. Pass-through entities are reported as part of the owner’s personal tax return, which means you only need one (1) personal tax extension (IRS Form 4868) to cover both yourself and your business.

Corporations are granted a 6-month tax extension, which moves their filing deadline from March 15 to September 15. Trusts, certain estates, most partnerships, and some multi-member LLCs are granted a 5-month tax extension, which moves their filing deadline from April 15 to September 15.

In most cases, you will hear back from the IRS within 24 hours of submitting your business tax extension online. However, it’s important to note that IRS response times will be longer than normal on the last day of filing (March 15 and April 15). As soon as your business extension is approved by the IRS, you will receive an email from TaxExtension.com with the details of your extension, including your official IRS confirmation number.