Property Tax Relief

An exemption is a partial or full reduction of local property tax. Exemptions are governed by the State of Massachusetts and are a privilege, not a right.

Exemptions are available for persons over 65, persons over 70: those who are legally blind: and veterans who have a service-connected disability.  In order to qualify the applicant must provide documentation concerning the percentage of war service disability, certificate of blindness, or income, and assets.

The qualification date for each exemption is July 1. Applications are required annually and shall be submitted on or around July but have a deadline for return date no later than April 1st. If accepted the exemption will reduce the total tax dollars due. The exemption will not appear separately on the tax bill.

When applying, new applicants must provide a birth certificate. If home is held in a trust, you must provide a copy of the trust and list of beneficiaries.

Exemptions are granted for 1 year only. An application must be filed each year.

Please Note: A taxpayer may not receive more than one of the exemptions. If, however, taxpayers qualify for more than 1 of these exemptions, the assessors will encourage them to apply for and receive the exemption that saves them the most money.

Additional information on each exemption is available below.  If you have additional questions regarding eligibility criteria and documentation requirements, please contact the Assessor’s Office at 978-777-0001 ext. 3057 or email Pamela Zimmerman or email Corrie Sanders or call her at 978-777-0001 ext. 3058.

  1. Veterans
  2. Blind
  3. Elderly
  4. OTHER

Clause 22: Veterans

The applicant must have a service connected disability of 10% or greater. Exemption amounts range from $400 and up to $800 for a 10% disability to full exemption for paraplegics.

Clause 22E: Veterans

The applicant must have a service connected disability. Veterans (including spouse or surviving spouse) 100% disability in the line of duty (Annual Certificate from VA required) and who are unable to work. The exemption amount is $1,000 and up to $2,000