Massachusetts Withholding Tax

What is Massachusetts Withholding Tax?

Withholding tax is the amount of employee’s pay withheld by the employer and sent directly to the government as partial payment of state income tax.  The amount of withholding tax depends on the employee’s income.  The Massachusetts state income tax is 5.15%. Therefore, the withholding tax should be the same as the state income tax.

Employees do not need to take any action.  The employers/businesses will need to deduct the withholding tax from employee’s paycheck and submit and file the withholding tax to Massachusetts Dept of Revenue.

How much is Massachusetts Withholding Tax?

Since Massachusetts withholding tax withheld is used to pay for employee’s Massachusetts state income tax, the withholding tax should correlate with state income tax bracket.  The Massachusetts state income tax rate is 5.15%.  The withholding tax should be the same as state income tax rate.

State Year  State Income Tax Rate Withholding Tax Rate
Massachusetts 2015 5.15% 5.15%

How to File Massachusetts Withholding Tax?

Employees do not need to do anything.

Employers/Businesses need to register withholding tax account with Massachusetts Department of Revenue.  Depending the size of the company, every three months, the employers have to file a quarterly withholding reports and submit withholding tax to the Department of Revenue.  Most small businesses need to file quarterly while larger businesses need to file more frequently.

Massachusetts Withholding Tax Forms

How to Register for Massachusetts Withholding Tax?

Businesses with employees will need to register for Massachusetts Withholding account. The easiest and fastest way to register for Withholding tax is online.

Click here to Register for Massachusetts Withholding Tax.

When to File and Deadlines for Massachusetts Withholding Tax Return

Generally, Massachusetts Withholding Tax returns have to be filed every three months, ending on March 31 (Q1), June 30 (Q2), September 30 (Q3) and December 31 (Q4). Typically, the deadline to mail Massachusetts Withholding Tax return is the last day of the following month.

Quarter Months Deadline
Q1 January - March April 30
Q2 April - June July 31
Q3 July - September October 31
Q4 October - December January 31

Massachusetts MA Withholding Tax Contacts and Address:

For more information or help on Massachusetts Withholding Tax, please use the contact information below

Website Massachusetts Withholding Tax
Telephone 617-887-6367
Address Massachusetts Dept of Revenue
PO Box 7010
Boston MA 02204

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