Massachusetts State Taxes: Everything You Need to Know

Find out the Massachusetts tax rate on income and more.

Unfortunately for people working and living in Massachusetts, the total taxes paid in the New England state are higher than in most other states. The average Massachusetts resident will pay $16,598 a year in taxes, or about 23.39 percent of their annual income, a 2018 GOBankingRates study found. That amount includes not just state income taxes, but federal income taxes, gas taxes, sales taxes and property taxes as well.

Here’s a full breakdown of Massachusetts’ tax rates and how they might affect your bottom line.

Massachusetts State Taxes
Rate Range of Taxes 12.531% to 28.531%
Sales Tax Rate Range 6.25%
Income Tax Rate Range 5.10%
Inheritance and Estate Tax Rate Range 0% to 16%
Property Tax Rate Range 1.181%

Massachusetts State Personal Income Tax

Massachusetts levies a 5.1 percent tax on both earned and unearned income. Earned income includes salaries, wages, tips and commissions, and unearned income includes interest, dividends and capital gains. Certain capital gains are taxed at a higher rate of 12 percent.

The personal income tax rate of 5.1 percent applies to everyone whose Massachusetts gross income is $8,000 or more.

Here’s a look at the Massachusetts income tax brackets:

Massachusetts Income Tax Rates
Income Tax Bracket Tax Rate
$0-$7,999 0%
$8,000 or more 5.1%

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Massachusetts State Sales Tax

Massachusetts Sales Tax
Massachusetts Sales Tax Rate 6.25%

A 6.25 percent sales tax applies in Massachusetts, but there are no separate local sales taxes in the state.

The sales tax applies to all sales or rentals of tangible personal property, including gas, electricity, steam and certain telecommunications services. Certain items are exempt from sales tax:

  • Food (However, food served at a restaurant is taxed.)
  • Clothing items costing $175 or less
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Admission tickets for activities such as sporting events and amusement parks
  • Utilities and heating fuel for residential users, small businesses and certain industrial users
  • Telephone services for residential users
  • Transportation services
  • Professional services (includes accounting, insurance, legal services, medical services, haircuts and car repairs)

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Massachusetts Property Tax

Property taxes are collected by the city or town rather than the state so property tax rates in Massachusetts will vary, but the effective state property tax is 1.181 percent. The county property taxes in Massachusetts currently range from 0.32 percent to 1.65 percent, according to SmartAsset. In Massachusetts, property values are high, so residents will likely have to pay a sizable sum for property taxes regardless of where in the state they live.

Learn: 6 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Property Taxes

Massachusetts Inheritance Tax and Estate Tax

If you’re responsible for the estate of someone who has died, you might need to file an estate tax return. If the estate is worth less than $1 million, you don’t need to file a return or pay an estate tax. If the estate is worth $1 million or more, the tax rate will range from 0.8 percent to 0.16 percent, depending on the value of the adjusted taxable estate. Although Massachusetts has an estate tax, it does not have an inheritance tax.

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About the Author

Gabrielle Olya

Gabrielle joined GOBankingRates in 2017 and brings with her a decade of experience in the journalism industry. Before joining the team, she was a staff writer-reporter for People Magazine and Her work has also appeared on E! Online, Us Weekly, Patch, Sweety High and Discover Los Angeles, and she has been featured on “Good Morning America” as a celebrity news expert. 

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