By Associated Press - Friday, March 19, 2021

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts is pushing back its tax filing deadline to match up with a decision by the federal government to move the federal deadline from April 15 to May 17 this year.

Massachusetts taxpayers do not need to file any forms or contact the Department of Revenue directly to qualify for the automatic state tax extension.

All Massachusetts taxpayers who received more than $8,000 in total gross income in calendar year 2020 must file a state personal income tax return electronically or send it postmarked by midnight May 17.

Taxpayers are encouraged to file their tax returns electronically for the quickest refunds.

Friday’s announcement from the Baker administration comes as legislative leaders were moving forward with legislation that would also push back the filing deadline.

The decision postpones when individual taxpayers must file their return and when their payment is due.

The Internal Revenue Service said taxpayers who owe money would not face any further penalties or interest if they pay by May 17. The new deadline also applies to individuals who pay self-employment tax.

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