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How to file for a residential exemption

How to file for a residential exemption

If you own and live in your property as a primary residence, you qualify for the exemption. You have three options when applying:

Step

Before you get started

You have until April 1 to file an application for the current fiscal year.

To make sure you are eligible, you will need to give us your social security number. We only use the number to confirm your tax filing from your property’s address.

Please also check the requirements for the Residential Exemption application before you apply.

Step

Complete the application online

We make applications available online after we issue third-quarter tax bills. Find your property by using the Assessing Online tool and click on the “Details” button.

If you’re eligible, you will be given a link for a Residential Exemption application. Complete and print out the form.

Step

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. We're available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

You could also mail the application to us:

Assessing Department, Room 301
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Step

Before you get started

You have until April 1 to file an application for the current fiscal year.

To make sure you are eligible, you will need to give us your social security number. We only use the number to confirm your tax filing from your property’s address.

Please also check the requirements for the Residential Exemption application before you apply.

Step

Go to Boston City Hall

You can fill out and complete a Residential Exemption application at 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. - 5 p.m.
Step

Before you get started

You have until April 1 to file an application for the current fiscal year.

To make sure you are eligible, you will need to give us your social security number. We only use the number to confirm your tax filing from your property’s address.

Please also check the requirements for the Residential Exemption application before you apply.

Step

Call us at Boston City Hall

Please contact the Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center at 617-635-4287. We will send you a Residential Exemption application.

Step

Mail us your application

Complete the Residential Exemption application and mail it to us at City Hall:

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

The Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center has three months from the date you filed your application to make a decision. Just because you file an application, that doesn’t mean you can postpone paying your taxes. You still need to pay your property taxes each quarter.

If your residential exemption application is approved, the Collector Treasurer will credit you later in the fiscal year.

Pay your taxes on time

Even if you plan to file an exemption application, you should still pay  your taxes on time to avoid interest charges. If the total amount is over $3,000, you need to pay the full amount on time to keep your right to an appeal.

Contact:
Assessing
617-635-4321
1 City Hall Square
Room 301
Boston, MA 02201-2011
United States

Appealing a denial

If your residential application is denied, you can file an appeal with the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board within three months of the decision. The board is located at:

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