A variety of exemptions are available to reduce property tax obligations for certain qualifying taxpayers: elderly persons, blind persons, disabled veterans, surviving spouse or orphaned minor child, widow or orphaned minor of police officer or fire fighter, and extreme hardship.
The qualifying date is July 1, the first day of the fiscal year. Applications are due 3 months after the first actual tax bill postmark date.
Because of the number and complexity of exemptions, the following table is intended only to give the taxpayer a general idea of what is available. If someone has the slightest suspicion that he or she may be eligible or has any questions, call the Assessor's Office to discuss details at (617) 993-2630. Note that certain income limits include deductions (Clause 41C) and asset limits do not include the value of owner occupied condominiums, and 1, 2, 3 family houses (all, excluding Clause 18). Certain exemption applications will require a copy of the tax forms filed in the last calendar year, or a statement indicating that the applicant(s) does not file tax forms. The number of owners of the property also falls into the review of qualification, which may mean non-eligibility of the exemption or a pro-rated
BROCHURES AND APPLICATIONS
Please see the brochures for detailed information on the qualifications of the exemptions.