Filing for a residential exemption, personal exemption, or tax deferral
The City has a number of tax relief programs for those homeowners who occupy the property as their principal residence. This year, the residential exemption will save taxpayers $2,538 on their tax bill. Personal exemptions may provide additional tax relief to those qualifying homeowners who are Elderly, Surviving Spouses or Minor Children of Deceased Parents, Veterans, or certain members of the National Guard. The tax deferral program for seniors is also available to qualifying senior homeowners whose rising expenses have made it difficult to continue owning their home.
The online applications for the residential exemption and most personal exemptions are available online starting January 1, 2018 by clicking on Assessing Online below. Follow the instructions on Assessing Online to obtain the residential exemption and/or personal exemption application for your property.
The Fiscal Year 2018 filing deadline for the residential exemption, personal exemption, and tax deferral is April 2, 2018.
Fiscal Year 2018 Abatement Period
Property owners can file an abatement application if they believe their property is overvalued, disproportionately assessed, improperly classified, or eligible for a statutory exemption. Applications may be filed after the third quarter bills are issued in late December 2017. The Fiscal Year 2018 abatement application filing deadline is February 1, 2018.
Abatement applications are available online starting January 1, 2018 by clicking on Assessing Online below. Follow the instructions on Assessing Online to obtain the online abatement application for your property. Follow the link above to find out how to obtain an abatement application either in-person or by mail.
7-year property Maintenance 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 to 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.
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.
You must complete this form if you are filing an application for abatement on the basis of statutory exemption
We have information on how to file for a real estate tax abatement.
- We also have more information on statutory exemptions.
- The deadline to file a Fiscal Year 2018 Community Preservation Act ("CPA") Surcharge Exemption application is April 2, 2018.
- For more information, including exemption qualification guidelines, please see CPA Surcharge Information.
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: