Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, right, faces reporters as Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey, left, looks on during a news conference, in Boston, Thursday, July 8, 2021. Credit: Steven Senne / AP

BOSTON — Massachusetts taxpayers can look forward to seeing a return of some of their tax dollars this year, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday.

The announcement came after the state auditor’s office certified that tax revenues exceeded allowable revenues under a little-noticed 1986 law that kicked in due to the state’s soaring tax collections.

As a result taxpayers are on tap to claim a share of more than $2.9 billion dollars.

Those eligible will receive refunds automatically as a check sent through the mail or through direct deposit. Distribution of refunds is expected to begin in November.

In general, eligible taxpayers will receive a credit in the form of a refund that is approximately 13 percent of their Massachusetts Tax Year 2021 personal income tax liability, officials said.

To be eligible, individuals must have filed a 2021 state tax return on or before Oct. 17, 2022. An individual’s credit may be reduced due to unpaid taxes, unpaid child support, and certain other debts.

Maine distributed a round of $850 relief checks this past summer, which were included in Gov. Janet Mills’ 2022-23 spending plan and backed by a budget surplus bolstered by COVID-19 aid.

BDN writer Leela Stockley contributed to this report.