Mass Resident? Alex Miller explains that Rhode Island’s neighbor to the north lets its residents write off up to a maximum of $750 per year (per person) as a state tax deduction in qualifying commuting expenses. However, the first $150 (per person) is out of pocket. Excess deduction cannot be transferred to a spouse.

Commuting costs include:

  • EZPass tolls (not just MA tolls!)
  • Weekly or monthly commuter passes for MBTA transit, bus, commuter rail or commuter boat.

If any commuting costs are reimbursed by your employer, the amount must be deducted from the total amount of commuter costs you paid. The amount remaining may be used toward the deduction.

The Mass.gov website provides some helpful examples[here]. For more information, please contact us at 401-831-0200.

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