REGIONAL NEWS

An ad posted to "farm & garden services" on the Western Massachusetts Craigslist in January of 2017.
Screen shot / Craigslist

What made The Short List this week?

The 2016 Massachusetts income tax form.
Mass. Department of Revenue

Tax season wraps up Wednesday, with a flurry of e-filing and dashes to the post office. Massachusetts residents who read closely may notice something odd in their paperwork: it's called the optional income tax rate and it's exactly what it sounds like. Instead of 5.2 percent, you can opt to pay the state 5.85 percent.

When you ask Massachusetts residents if they'd like to pay extra on their taxes, you shouldn't expect overwhelming support.

"I probably wouldn't opt for it unless I knew where the money was going."

"Absolutely not. No, I would not."

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