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Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise Tax

The Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise Tax is imposed on anyone who registers a motor vehicle or trailer in Massachusetts. A tax is incurred for each year of registration. In some cases, you may qualify for a tax abatement or refund. Please note that filing an abatement application does not stay the collection of your excise tax. To avoid interest charges and collection actions, you must pay your excise tax in full by the deadline on your bill. If an abatement is granted, you will receive a refund for the difference.

Overview of the Tax

Pay Excise Tax Online

Abatement Application

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Free rides to groceries and medical appointments for transit-dependent Somerville residents with limited incomes.
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