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dphung7
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Why must I e-file my Massachusetts state tax return if I am a part-year resident?

I filed my federal and state tax return last year via print and mail with the official forms that TurboTax generated. I've since moved to Tennessee for a job and need to file my Massachusetts state tax return by mail as well. But when I go through the exercise of generating the documents to print out, all of the Massachusetts forms are watermarked with "DO NOT MAIL, E-FILE ONLY, DO NOT MAIL".

Is this new? I've always used the software to prepare my tax returns but I prefer to print and mail all the forms. Is it because I am not a part-year resident? I purchased the Deluxe version of TurboTax via CD, so it should come with 1 state and I used it for Massachusetts. I don't understand why I can't print the official forms without the watermarked background.
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VimalkumarM
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Why must I e-file my Massachusetts state tax return if I am a part-year resident?

Hi,

If you are using a desktop program.  First run your program updater, then try again. If the watermark persists, then it might be that the state has not "finalized" their forms. 

It has nothing to do with your actual return.  TurboTax is just waiting until that particular state gives the go ahead that their forms are ready to go.  Both the IRS and the states make minor, or sometimes major changes to their forms or tax laws every year which is why there is sometimes a delay in form readiness. 

You can check one of the lists below and see the dates yourself.   On the dates lists below you will see 3 columns, depending on how your return is prepared--Mac, Online, and Windows.  There will be a date shown for efiled form, and a date shown for printed form.   When a form becomes available, the date will change to "available."  If it says "print only", then that form cannot be efiled. 

Federal forms availability dates: https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1908854-irs-forms-availability-table-for-turbotax-individual-perso...

State forms availability dates: https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1908857-forms-availability-table-for-turbotax-state-except-busines...

Hope this helps!

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VimalkumarM
Level 3

Why must I e-file my Massachusetts state tax return if I am a part-year resident?

Hi,

If you are using a desktop program.  First run your program updater, then try again. If the watermark persists, then it might be that the state has not "finalized" their forms. 

It has nothing to do with your actual return.  TurboTax is just waiting until that particular state gives the go ahead that their forms are ready to go.  Both the IRS and the states make minor, or sometimes major changes to their forms or tax laws every year which is why there is sometimes a delay in form readiness. 

You can check one of the lists below and see the dates yourself.   On the dates lists below you will see 3 columns, depending on how your return is prepared--Mac, Online, and Windows.  There will be a date shown for efiled form, and a date shown for printed form.   When a form becomes available, the date will change to "available."  If it says "print only", then that form cannot be efiled. 

Federal forms availability dates: https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1908854-irs-forms-availability-table-for-turbotax-individual-perso...

State forms availability dates: https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1908857-forms-availability-table-for-turbotax-state-except-busines...

Hope this helps!

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