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Frequently Asked Questions

Where's my refund?

To check on the status of your Federal refund go here.

To check on the status of your MA refund go here.

What is the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for 2021?

The age 70½ rule:
For tax year 2021 and beyond, you will need to revert back to The Secure Act RMD rules. This rule states that If you reach age 70½ in 2019, you must take your first RMD by April 1, 2020. However, IF you chose to skip your 2020 RMD under the provisions of the CARES act, then you must begin or continue to take your distribution by December 31, 2021. 

The age 72 rule:
IF you reach age 70½ after December 31, 2019, you are not required to take a minimum distribution until you reach 72. IF you reach age 72 on July 1, 2021, you must take your first RMD (for tax year 2021) by April 1, 2022, with subsequent RMDs on December 31st annually thereafter. In other words, anyone born July 1, 1949, or later can wait until they’re 72.

RMD Calculation:
You can use the AARP RMD calculator to determine your required minimum distribution  for 2021.

50% Penalty:
If you don’t take your RMD, you may have to pay a 50% excise on the amount not distributed. 

Is my 2021 stimulus check taxable?

Under the Cares Act, the stimulus checks are treated as a fully refundable tax credit for 2020, which means it isn’t included in gross income and thereby isn’t subject to taxes. The stimulus checks are an advance on your 2020 tax credit, and you’ll (more than likely) need to report it when you file your 2020 taxes. 

Will unemployment income be taxed in 2021?

By law, unemployment compensation is taxable and must be reported on a 2021 Federal & State (MA) income tax return. Taxable benefits include any of the special unemployment compensation authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted this spring. Withholding is voluntary. — Aug 18, 2020

What if I owe the IRS or MA this year?

Don’t panic. If you cannot pay the full amount of taxes you owe, you should still file your return by the deadline and pay as much as you can to avoid penalties and interest. You also should contact the IRS to discuss your payment options at 800-829-1040. — Jun 16, 2020

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What are the tax filing dates for 2021 returns?

Federal Tax Returns:
Monday April 18, 2022 for 2021 Federal Tax returns

Massachusetts Tax Returns:
Monday April 18, 2022 for 2021 MA Tax returns

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