Filing for a Property Tax Abatement
Any taxpayer who feels that the value the Assessors have placed on their property does not reflect market value has the right to appeal. Appeals must be made to the Assessors within one month of the issuance of the actual third quarter tax bill or by February 1st. Application for abatement or appeal can be obtained at the Assessors Office or by clicking on the "Abatement Application" button below. Income and expense forms, if needed, can be printed from the forms list here as well.
Note that abatement applications must be filed in the Assessors Office by no later than the close of business on February 1st or will be considered late at which point the Board of Assessors loses jurisdiction to abate the bill. Applications, however, will be accepted if mailed to the Assessors' Office and showing a U. S. postal postmark of February 1 or earlier. Also, note that an application can be faxed or e-mailed (to [email protected]) as long as it is received in the Assessors' Office by the close of business on February 1.
The Board of Assessors has three (3) months from the date of application to issue a decision. Applicants aggrieved by a decision of the Board can appeal to the State Appellate Tax Board within three (3) months of the date of the Board of Assessors' notice.
Note that the filing of abatement does not stay the collection of the tax. To preserve all appeal rights, bills should be paid timely by the due date without incurring interest.
Additional inquiries can be made at the Assessors Office, by email at [email protected], or by calling the Office at 617 625-6600 x3100.