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Assessing

Assessing

Our mission is to accurately assess property and provide prompt and courteous help to the public. We determine the value of property in Boston for the purpose of taxation.

Annual Property Maintenance Project

In the coming weeks, assessors from our department will be performing inspections at properties across the City from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday. This is part of our annual Maintenance Project. Representatives will carry a photo ID badge by which you can verify their status as an Assessing Department employee. They will also drive a City of Boston vehicle. If you have any questions or concerns about an inspection, please contact the Assessing Department at 617-635-4321.


ASSESSING ONLINE

You can search FY2017 real estate assessments and taxes and FY2018 preliminary taxes online through our online Assessing tool.

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Assessing
Contact
1 City Hall Square
Room 301
Boston, MA 02201-2011
United States
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tax Data Administration (TDA)

617-635-3783

Personal Property

617-635-1165

Main office Number

617-635-4321

Community Preservation Act (CPA) Surcharge

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.

Community Preservation Act surcharge

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.

Community Preservation Act info

Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center

"TRAC" offers a "one-stop" service at City Hall for Boston taxpayers on tax-related matters.

Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) Program

Many of Boston’s major schools, hospitals, and cultural institutions make a voluntary contribution to the City each year in the form of cash and community programs that uniquely benefit the City’s residents.

More resources

Resources
FY 2018 Preliminary Consideration Information Requisition Form

          

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: