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Some seniors may be eligible under the Massachusetts Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit Program to claim a refundable credit on their state income taxes based on local real estate taxes paid.
In order to qualify, a person must be over 65 years of age and must occupy the property as their primary residence. Renters may also be eligible since, for purposes of this program, the law assumes that 25% of their rent goes toward property tax.
Additional information is available at the Department of Revenue website, the Massachusetts Council on Aging or Community Resources Information Inc. The Department of Revenue’s ’Tax Tips for Seniors and Retirees’ booklet (PDF) is also helpful.