Taxes in Massachusetts
Beginning in 1998, a number of significant changes were made to the Massachusetts tax codeincluding a series of phased cuts to the state personal income tax. These cuts have reduced our capacity to fund essential services.
How Do Business Taxes Here Compare to Other States?November 17, 2015
This factsheet examines findings from the Council on State Taxation's (COST) annual report examining the taxation of businesses in each state. The report accounts for all state and local taxes and finds that Massachusetts is a relatively low tax state for business.
Massachusetts Ranks in Middle for Taxes in FY 2013November 4, 2015
Analyzing recently updated data from the Census on state and local taxes across the country, this factsheet compares the overall level of state and local taxes in Massachusetts to the level in other states.
Where Does the Taxachusetts Label Come From?November 4, 2015
This factsheet explains the history of the "Taxachusetts" label and describes how it is at odds with the reality of the level of taxation in Massachusetts today.
The Income Tax in MassachusettsApril 3, 2013
To pay for investments in our people, our communities, and our economic future, Massachusetts relies primarily on tax revenue. And the single largest source of tax revenue in our state is the income tax.
Examining Tax FairnessMarch 12, 2013
Overall, the Massachusetts tax system is regressive, collecting a larger share of household income from lower-income households than it does from upper-income households.
How Does the MA Sales Tax Compare?September 9, 2010 (updated August 6, 2013)
Featured Tax Reports
A ballot question has been proposed that would support investments in education and transportation with revenue from an additional 4% tax on income over a million dollars a year. This factsheet examines this proposal and how it relates to longer term economic and policy trends in Massachusetts.
Income Tax Cuts and the Budget Deficit in MassachusettsJanuary 21, 2015
Beginning in 1998, a number of significant changes were made to the Massachusetts tax code—including a series of phased cuts to the state personal income tax. These cuts have reduced our capacity to fund essential services.
Massachusetts's Earned Income Tax CreditMarch 25, 2015
The EITC improves the economic security of working families by increasing the after tax incomes of low and moderate wage workers. This factsheet explains how the tax credit works, describes how many families and individuals it helps in Massachusetts, and examines recent research on the long-term effects of the EITC on families and children.
Automatic Income Tax Rate Cuts: Frequently Asked QuestionsDecember 3, 2014
The Governor recently announced the need to cut funding for school transportation, job training, health care, and other investments that protect the health of our people and our economy. One of the reasons for these cuts is the triggering of an automatic tax cut caused by a twelve year old law. This tax cut, which primarily benefits the highest income taxpayers, will cost the Commonwealth $140 million a year. It is part of a series of automatic income tax rate cuts that together will cost the Commonwealth $350 million this year.
Understanding Our Tax System: A Primer for Active CitizensSeptember 9, 2010 (updated December 1, 2010)
This primer provides an overview of the Commonwealth's tax system as well as clear information and analysis of how Massachusetts compares to other states and how our state's tax system has changed over time. Also please see individual fact sheets on the income tax, the sales tax, tax fairness, and on the "Taxachusetts" label.
Business Tax Breaks in MassachusettsAugust 6, 2012
Money that the state spends on tax breaks is money that it can't spend on education, infrastructure, or other forms of economic development. This report describes the various types of business tax breaks in Massachusetts and shows how much the state spends on each. See also this Factsheet which summarizes the findings.
All Reports on Taxes
July 6, 2010 | PDF | Factsheet
December 2, 2009 | PDF | Budget Brief
September 30, 2009 | PDF | Factsheet
July 1, 2008 | PDF | Budget Brief
June 5, 2008 | PDF | Budget Brief
May 21, 2008 | PDF | Factsheet
May 20, 2008 | PDF | Budget Brief
May 14, 2008 | PDF | Budget Brief
April 24, 2008 | PDF | Budget Brief
April 9, 2008 | PDF | Budget Brief
July 12, 2007 | PDF
June 8, 2007 | PDF
May 14, 2007 | PDF | Factsheet
February 22, 2007 | PDF | Factsheet
January 10, 2007 | PDF
April 12, 2006 | PDF | Factsheet
March 30, 2006 | PDF | Factsheet
January 1, 2006 | Factsheet
October 5, 2005 | PDF | Factsheet
July 25, 2005 | PDF | Factsheet
April 28, 2005 | PDF | Factsheet
July 20, 2004 | PDF
May 27, 2004 | PDF | Factsheet
May 27, 2004
February 10, 2004 | PDF
January 28, 2004 | PDF
October 29, 2003 | PDF
September 25, 2003 | PDF
February 5, 2003 | PDF
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