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 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 September 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 list of beneficiaries.
Exemptions are granted for 1 year only. An application must be filed each year.
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.
2020 Property Tax Relief Brochure
During the May, 2019 Annual Town Meeting the Town Body voted in favor of granting an additional exemption of up to 50% for fiscal year 2020 for Clauses 22, 37A, 17D and 41C. The additional exemption amounts vary depending on the exemption and the tax bill increase, if any.
Applications for the exemption program listed herein must be filed annually with the Assessor’s Office beginning October 1, 2019 and ending no later than April 1, 2020. Eligibility requirements as to age, ownership, income, assets*, etc. must be verified before participation in the program will be approved or any exemption will be granted. Certain documentation will be required as part of the application process. An instruction sheet will be provided with each application.
The applicant must have a service connected disability of 10% or greater. Exemption amounts range from $400 for a 10% disability to full exemption for paraplegics.
Blindness must be in accordance with specifications of the Commission for the Blind. The exemption amount is $500.
**Clause 17D—Surviving Spouse, Minor or Elderly**
The applicant must be a widow/widower, a minor whose parent is deceased or be 70 years of age or older. The total value of the applicant’s assets* cannot exceed $65,864. There are no restrictions on income. The exemption amount is $299.
**Clause 41C— Elderly**
The applicant must be 65 years of age or older. Income minus social security allowances ($4,780 if single; $7,171 if married) must be less than $29,924 if single; $44,886 if married. Assets* cannot exceed $45,833 if single or $47,911 if married. The exemption amount is $1,000.
41C total income including Social Security allowances cannot exceed $34,611 if single; $51,919 if married.
**Clause 41A—Tax Deferral**
The applicant must be 65 years of age or older. There are no restrictions on assets*. the taxpayer’s “total income” cannot exceed $58,000 for a single filer who is not the head of a household, $73,000 for a head of household, or $88,000 for taxpayers filing jointly; All or a portion of the real estate taxes can be deferred each year at 6% interest. This is considered a lien on the property and must be paid to the town of Danvers, upon the sale of the property or death of the taxpayer. An applicant may qualify for other exemption programs listed herein in addition to the tax deferral program. When filing for the Tax Deferral, you may also Defer your Water and Sewer bill. Separate applications are needed.
**Elderly and Disabled Taxation Fund**
The applicant must be 60 years of age or older or have a disability that renders them incapable of working (verification of disability is required). Income cannot exceed $33,418 if single; $43,588 if married. Income minus social security allowances ($4,780 if single; $7,171 if married). Assets* cannot exceed $50,855 if single; $58,120 if married. (Funds will be disbursed based on need and availability of funds)
**Senior Citizen Work-Off Abatement Program**
The applicant must be 60 years of age or older. Income cannot exceed $51,744 if single; $72,168 if married. There are no restrictions on assets*. The applicant can earn a maximum abatement of $500 per fiscal year for volunteering their services to the Town of Danvers. Varied volunteer jobs will be available. The hourly rate earned toward the abatement will be the State minimum wage. At the May 2019 Town meeting, the Town voted to amend the Senior Citizen Tax Work-Off Program, adopted under M.G.L. C. 59, § 5K, by increasing the abatement from $500 to $1,500. This takes effect in FY2020 (as of now) and will allow the participants to work approximately 125 hours. You are not required to work these hours, but you have the option for the higher Exemption.
**Clause 18A—Temporary Financial Hardship Property Tax Deferral**
This temporary hardship deferral operates similarly to the Clause 41A deferral except that the taxpayer may be of any age. The financial hardship may be due to any number of reasons including a change to active military status. Clause 18A deferral can be granted for a maximum period of three consecutive years. At the end of that period, the deferred taxes must be paid.
Any taxpayer who cannot meet his or her real estate tax obligation due to AGE, INFIRMITY AND POVERTY may apply for this exemption. To qualify, the applicant must present evidence to the Board of Assessors that corroborates their inability to pay the assessed tax as well as documentation on their infirmity and age. This exemption is granted at the Board of Assessors discretion and cannot be appealed.
*Assets include savings, Certificates of Deposit, IRA’s, 401k’s, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, property owned such as vehicles, second homes, etc. Assets DO NOT include the value of your home.
Income includes all sources of monies earned (ie., pension, annuity distribution, dividends, wages and tips, social security, alimony, rent, taxable interest, lottery winnings etc.
For more information regarding eligibility criteria and documentation requirements,
please contact the Assessor’s Office at 978-777-0001 **Pamela ext. 3057 or **Michelle ext. 3058 or email us at