Surviving Spouse, Minor Child of Deceased Parent, Elderly Exemption 17D
Those who qualify for a 17D exemption will receive $395 in tax relief in Fiscal Year 2024. The City may grant up to an additional $395 in tax relief. The additional tax relief will NOT be granted if it will:
- make your final 2024 tax bill lower than your final 2023 tax bill, or
- reduce the taxable value of your property below 10 percent of the assessed value.
You may be eligible for this exemption if, as of July 1, one of these personal situations is true:
- your husband or wife is deceased
- your parent is deceased and you are a child under the age of 18, or
- you are 70 years old or older.
You must also meet the following requirements:
- You are a surviving spouse or a minor who has occupied the property as your domicile. Or you are a person age 70 or older who has owned and occupied your property as your domicile for five years or more.
- Any ownership interest must be worth at least $2,000 (contact the Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center for more information on the ownership requirement).
- The whole estate, not including the value of the property, can't be more than $40,000. For properties that have more than four units or a commercial unit, we include a portion of the value of those units in our whole estate calculation.
Apply for a Personal Exemption
Applications must be filed by April 1 of the current fiscal year.
If you have questions about the requirements for applying for an exemption, or want to know the status of your application, you can call the Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center at 617-635-4287.
Please note: A Fiscal Year takes place from July 1 through June 30 of the following year. For example, Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) would be July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024.
Complete your application
Applications can be downloaded after we issue third-quarter tax bills in December. To download an application, search for and find your property using the Assessing Online tool, then click the "Details" link:
The link to the application will be under the "Abatements/Exemptions" section. For more information on what's possible with Assessing Online, visit our explainer page.
You can also get an application by calling the Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center at 617-635-4287. Applications can also be completed at City Hall. Remember to bring any additional documents you need for your exemption application.
Submit your application
Bring or mail your completed application and supporting documents to the Assessing Department at City Hall:ASSESSING DEPARTMENT, ROOM 301
1 CITY HALL SQUARE
BOSTON, MA 02201