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MA taxpayers benefit from IRS Direct File pilot program

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Thursday, April 11, 2024   

Massachusetts residents can take advantage of a new pilot program from the Internal Revenue Service, which allows people to file their taxes online for free.

IRS Direct File is expected to save people both time and money while making tax preparation more equitable and inclusive.

Adam Ruben, vice president of campaigns and political strategy at the nonprofit Economic Security Project, said users will take an interview-based questionnaire.

"So, it's something that people can use on their phones on their computers - available in English and Spanish - that asks people questions and pretty much plain language, and you fill in the answers," said Ruben. "And it fills in the tax form for you."

Direct File is expected to save Massachusetts residents more than $400 million this tax season and will remain open for any rejected returns until April 20.

Lawmakers in Massachusetts recently passed some of the nation's most generous tax credits, including an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit from 30% to 40% - a significant boost for people earning under $60,000.

Susan Lombardi-Verticelli, volunteer program manager with the Boston Tax Help Coalition, said the new IRS Direct File makes it easier for users to learn which rebates they're eligible for and claim them.

"Things like the Child and Family Tax Credit, that we don't want people to miss out on - which are huge for families," said Lombardi-Verticelli. "They're able to see that right there that they're able to add those to their return."

The Child and Dependent Tax Credit was nearly doubled to $310 and will grow to $440 next year, while the cap on dependents was removed.

Lombardi-Verticelli said tax assistance volunteers are available at more than thirty locations across the Boston area, providing residents with low to moderate incomes free tax preparation services.





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