In the coming weeks, assessors from our department will be performing inspections at properties across the City from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. This is part of our annual Maintenance Project. Representatives will carry a photo ID badge by which you can verify their status as an Assessing Department employee. They will also drive a City of Boston vehicle. If you have any questions or concerns about an inspection, please contact the Assessing Department at 617-635-4321.
7-year Property Recollection Project
In the coming weeks, assessors will be performing inspections at properties across the City that have not been inspected or sold in the last seven years. These inspections may take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Representatives will carry a City of Boston photo ID and drive a City vehicle. Have questions or concerns? Please contact us at 617-635-4321.
You can search FY2018 real estate assessments and taxes and FY2019 preliminary taxes online through our online Assessing tool.
In November 2016, Boston voters approved the Community Preservation Act (CPA) by voting “yes” on Ballot Question 5. By adopting the act, the City has created a Community Preservation Fund.
The City finances the fund in part by a 1% property tax-based surcharge on residential and business property tax bills. You may see the surcharge on your property tax bills beginning with the Fiscal Year 2018 first-quarter tax bill in July 2017.
The City has tax incentive programs to advance its economic development and housing goals. These programs include Chapter 121A, Chapter 121B, Tax Increment Financing, and Special Tax Assessment.
We created a page to give you more information about these programs. You can also download active tax agreements with the City.
- Charities and religious groups that are seeking an exemption from property taxes before the start of the fiscal year can file a Preliminary Consideration Information Requisition Form.
- For Fiscal Year 2019, forms are due August 1, 2018.
- We have information on how to file for preliminary consideration.
- We also have more information on statutory exemptions.
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: