If you have a Form W-2 reporting wages for Massachusetts and another state, these wages may duplicate on the Massachusetts return. If this is the case, you will need to make an adjustment on the Massachusetts return.
On Line 3 of Form 1 report total state wages and allocated tips from Form(s) W-2. Income earned by a Massachusetts resident in another state is subject to taxation in Massachusetts. Generally, your total wages and allocated tips will be the same amount reported on your federal 1040 or 1040A, Line 7, or 1040EZ, Line 1.
To enter the state wages, as reported on Form W-2, in the TaxACT program.
Once you have entered the state wages, you will need to make the adjustment on the Massachusetts return.
If a wage adjustment is made on the Massachusetts return, you will receive a Red Alert during the electronic filing steps. The alert states:
"This return is not eligible for Massachusetts Electronic Filing. Massachusetts does not allow returns to be filed electronically where wages reported on Form 1 line 3 are less than the amount of wages in box 16 of all your W-2's. If the negative adjustment is necessary, attach an explanation to your return and you must file a paper Massachusetts return. Click Continue to see the next Electronic Filing Alert."
To review the alert:
You will not be able to electronically file your Massachusetts return. This is a Massachusetts state guideline, not a TaxACT limitation.