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How to file for a personal property tax abatement

How to file for a personal property tax abatement

An abatement is a reduction in your property taxes. You have two options when submitting a personal property abatement application:

Step
1

Prepare for your visit to Boston City Hall

To file an abatement, you need to meet these requirements:

  • You can only submit an application after your third-quarter tax bill and no later than February 1.
  • You can only file an abatement for the current fiscal year. You can’t file an application for previous years.
  • The Assessing department has three months to review your application and respond.
Please note

You must file the Asset Listing Form with the Abatement application IF:

  • you did not file a State Tax Form 2/Form of List for Fiscal Year 2017, OR
  • you filed an incomplete State Tax Form 2/Form of List.
Step
2

Go to City Hall

Bring your completed form to Boston City Hall. You can also fill out an Abatement application at City Hall if you didn't print out and complete an application ahead of time.

Visit the Assessing Department in Room 301 or the Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center on the Mezzanine level:

1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Office hours
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Step
1

Get your application ready

To file an abatement, you need to meet these requirements:

  • You can only submit an application after your third-quarter tax bill and no later than February 1.
  • You can only file an abatement for the current fiscal year. You can’t file an application for previous years.
  • The Assessing department has three months to review your application and respond.
Please note

You must file the Asset Listing Form with the Abatement application IF:

  • you did not file a State Tax Form 2/Form of List for Fiscal Year 2017, OR
  • you filed an incomplete State Tax Form 2/Form of List.
Step
2

Mail us your application

Complete the Abatement application and Asset Listing Form (if necessary) and send both to:

Assessing Department, Room 301
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Need to Know:

The deadline to file a Fiscal Year 2017 Personal Property Tax Abatement application — February 1, 2017 — has passed. We have information about filing for the residential exemption, and about filing for a personal exemption.

Applications for the residential exemption and personal exemptions for Fiscal Year 2017 are due by April 3, 2017.

Downloads:
Contact:
Assessing
1 City Hall Square
Room 301
Boston, MA 02201-2011
United States
Can't print out the application?

Please contact the Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center at 617-635-4287. We will send you an Abatement application and Asset Listing Form.

Keep in mind

APPELLATE TAX BOARD APPEALS

You have three months from the date of the Assessing Department decision to appeal to the tax board.

You can get an appeal form at the tax board’s office:

100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor Suite 200
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-727-3100