When Are State Tax Returns Due in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts is one of several states in which your state income tax return can be filed after April 15.

You probably already know that most Americans have to file their 2018 federal tax return by April 15, 2019 (as we told you earlier). For most states with an income tax (there are nine states with no income tax), the state return is also due on April 15 this year. However, some states give you more time to file — such as Massachusetts.

States With Tax Deadlines After April 15 in 2019

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StateDue Date
DelawareApril 30
HawaiiApril 22
IowaApril 30
LouisianaMay 15
MaineApril 17
MassachusettsApril 17
New MexicoApril 30 (if e-filed)
OklahomaApril 22 (if e-filed)
VirginiaMay 1

The deadline for filing Massachusetts Form 1 for the 2018 tax year is April 17, 2019. The Bay State celebrates Patriots' Day, which commemorates Revolutionary War battles, on April 15. In addition, Emancipation Day, which marks the end of slavery in Washington, D.C., falls on April 16. Because the IRS doesn't enforce filing deadlines on legal holidays (even state ones), federal tax returns from Massachusetts residents aren't due until April 17. Massachusetts is following along and allowing state returns to be filed by April 17 to coincide with the federal deadline.

Massachusetts taxpayers who can't file on time are automatically granted a six-month extension to file their state return as long as they pay at least 80% of the total tax due by April 17.

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For information about other states with delayed tax filing deadlines, see 9 States Where You Can File Your State Tax Return After April 15.

Rocky Mengle
Senior Tax Editor, Kiplinger.com

Rocky is a Senior Tax Editor for Kiplinger with more than 20 years of experience covering federal and state tax developments. Before coming to Kiplinger, he worked for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting and Kleinrock Publishing, where he provided breaking news and guidance for CPAs, tax attorneys, and other tax professionals. He has also been quoted as an expert by USA Today, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Reuters, Accounting Today, and other media outlets. Rocky has a law degree from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in History from Salisbury University.