AARP volunteer Pat McCabe helps Tony Cadette with his income tax return at the Northampton Council on Aging & Senior Center last year. AARP volunteers, in conjunction with the IRS, sponsor the free program, which is available at the Senior Center every Wednesday from 9 a.m -12 p.m., from the first Wednesday in February until the last Wednesday before April 15th. If you would like to make an appointment for income tax preparation assistance, please call the NCOA at 587-1228 starting in mid-January.
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Circuit Breaker Credit
Certain taxpayers age 65 or older may be eligible to claim a refundable credit on their state income taxes for the real estate taxes paid during the tax year on the residential property they own or rent in Massachusetts that is used as their principal residence.
Many seniors, especially those that have not filed a tax return in many years, do not think that they are eligible for the Massachusetts Circuit Breaker Credit. In fact, it is often seniors who do not have to file that receive the credit. Both homeowners and renters of non-subsidized housing may get the credit. For tax year 2006, the credit may be as much as $870. Until April 15, 2007, you may claim the Circuit Breaker Credit for the past tax years (2003, 2004, 2005) and for 2006.
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Click here for a worksheet to see if you're eligible for the Circuit Breaker Credit.
You can also visit the state website for more detailed information on the Circuit Breaker credit.
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