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.
Tax Data Administration (TDA)
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Fiscal Year 2017 abatement period
Property owners can file an abatement application if they believe their property is:
- disproportionately assessed
- improperly classified, or
- eligible for a statutory exemption.
You can file an application after the City issues third-quarter bills in late December 2016. The Fiscal Year 2017 abatement application filing deadline is February 1, 2017. Abatement applications are available online starting January 1, 2017.
Follow the instructions on Assessing Online to get the online abatement application for your property.
Where to start
Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center
Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) Program
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: