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How to file for a real estate tax abatement

How to file for a real estate tax abatement

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

Last updated: 2/2/17
Step
1

Before you get started online

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.

Step
2

Complete the application online

We make applications available online after we issue third-quarter tax bills. You can get an online abatement application by using the Assessing Online tool to find your property and following the instructions on the Assessing Online page.

NOTE ON INFORMATION REQUISITION FORMS
  • If you don’t give us the information we ask for in the form within 30 days of filing your abatement application, we will deny your application.
  • If you don’t fill out the form, you may also lose your right to appeal to the Appellate Tax Board.
  • If you are filing an abatement application because you think you may qualify for a statutory exemption, you must submit a completed Statutory Exemption Information Requisition.
Step
3

Give us your application

Bring your completed application to the Assessing Department in Room 301 or the Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center on the Mezzanine level at Boston City Hall.

You could also mail the application and form to us:

Assessing Department, Room 301
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Office hours
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Step
1

Before you get started in person

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.

Step
2

Go to Boston City Hall

You can fill out and complete an Abatement application and an Information Requisition Form at Boston City Hall.

NOTE ON INFORMATION REQUISITION FORMS
  • If you don’t give us the information we ask for in the form within 30 days of filing your abatement application, we will deny your application.
  • If you don’t fill out the form, you may also lose your right to appeal to the Appellate Tax Board.
  • If you are filing an abatement application because you think you may qualify for a statutory exemption, you must submit a completed Statutory Exemption Information Requisition.

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

Before you get started by mail

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.

Step
2

Call us at Boston City Hall

Please contact the Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center at 617-635-4287. We will send you an Abatement application, along with an Information Requisition Form.

NOTE ON INFORMATION REQUISITION FORMS
  • If you don’t give us the information we ask for in the form within 30 days of filing your abatement application, we will deny your application.
  • If you don’t fill out the form, you may also lose your right to appeal to the Appellate Tax Board.
  • If you are filing an abatement application because you think you may qualify for a statutory exemption, you must submit a completed Statutory Exemption Information Requisition.
Step
3

Mail us your application

Complete the Abatement application and Information Requisition Form 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 Real Estate 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

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