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Assessing

Assessing

We accurately determine the value of property in Boston for the purpose of taxation. Examples of property are cars, boats, and buildings.

Our mission is to accurately assess property and provide prompt and courteous help to the public. We collect all property tax data and maintain records of property ownership in Boston. We're also in charge of tax billing for motor vehicle excise and boat excise taxes.

Residential exemption increased for qualified homeowners

This year, the residential exemption will save qualified homeowners $2,433 on their tax bill, nearly $500 more than last year's amount. Additional tax relief for homeowners may be available by filing for a personal exemption. Qualified senior homeowners may also apply for the tax deferral program.

Applications for the residential exemption and most personal exemptions are available online starting January 1, 2017. You can find the applications through Assessing Online. You have until April 3 to file an application for the current fiscal year.

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Assessing
Contact
1 City Hall Square
Room 301
Boston, MA 02201-2011
United States
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tax Data Administration (TDA)

617-635-3783

Personal Property

617-635-1165

Main office Number

617-635-4321

Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center

Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center

"TRAC" offers a "one-stop" service at City Hall for Boston taxpayers on tax-related matters.

Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) Program

Many of Boston’s major schools, hospitals, and cultural institutions make a voluntary contribution to the City each year in the form of cash and community programs that uniquely benefit the City’s residents.

More resources

Resources
Taxpayer forms
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FY 2017 Statutory Exemption Information Requisition
FY 2018 38D Property Tax Return: Form O - Office
  • This return is a request, by law, for income and expense information. We use it to determine the value of the subject property.
  • The return is only available for 60 days following the mailing date of February 8, 2017.
  • If you fail to submit the form by the filing deadline, you may be barred from appealing the property assessment to the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board. You may also receive fines.
Facts and Figures reports
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Each report presents in text, charts, and tables an overview of property taxes in the City of Boston. Through comparative and historical data, a taxpayer can compare Fiscal Year assessments and tax rates with those in earlier years and with those in other jurisdictions: