Circuit Breaker Tax Relief

Circuit Breaker Tax Relief

There is a state income tax credit for eligible Massachusetts residents age 65 or older who paid rent or real estate taxes during the tax year. The credit is for senior homeowners and renters who meet income limits and other eligibility requirements. Homeowners may claim the credit if they paid more than 10% of their total income for real estate taxes, including water and sewer debt charges. Renters can count 25% of their rent as real estate tax payments. If you have not filed for Circuit Breaker before, you may file for the current year and the two years previous. You must file a Massachusetts state income tax return to claim the Circuit Breaker Credit, whether or not you normally file one. You must include Schedule CB, Circuit Breaker Credit, with form 1. For additional information, contact:

Massachusetts Department of Revenue

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