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Senior Property Tax Work-Off Program

Applications for this year's program are now available. 

Qualified senior homeowners get the opportunity to work-off up to $1,000 on their property tax bill by volunteering for a City agency.

Want to Apply for the program?

First, check the program requirements below to see if you qualify and make sure you have or can get the required documents. If you think you meet the requirements, contact the Elderly Commission for an application.

Please keep in mind

The maximum abatement amount for this program is $1,000, which equals 91 volunteer hours at a rate of $11 per hour. The amount of the tax work-off credit cannot exceed the total tax due for the fiscal year after any other exemptions have been allowed.

Have questions?

Please contact the Elderly Commission at 617-635-4366, or by email at aging@boston.gov.

Key dates
  • Application Filing Deadline: July 1, 2017
  • Work Completion Date*: November 17, 2017

*If we approve you for the program, you will only receive credit for work performed up to November 17, 2017, toward your Fiscal Year 2018 third-quarter tax bill.

Program requirements

To qualify for the program, you need to meet these requirements:

Gross income limit:

$40,000 if you are single, and $55,000 if you are married. This includes:

  • Social Security benefits, pensions, and other retirement benefits
  • annuities
  • wages, salaries, tips, and other compensation
  • net profit from your business or profession
  • interest and dividends
  • rent and royalty income, and
  • gains you make from the sale or exchange of real estate or other property.

If you are married, we need financial information for both you and your spouse.

Age:

You must be 60 or older by January 1, 2017.

Residency:

You need to have owned and occupied a residential property in Boston for at least three years.

Property:

You must own and occupy your property as a principal residence. If the property is subject to a trust, you must have legal title (you need to be one of the trustees and a beneficiary).

Required Documents

You MUST provide the following documentation along with your application:

  • proof of your age through a birth certificate, passport, or driver’s license
  • federal and state tax returns (if you are not required to file tax returns, you must submit a signed and dated letter explaining why with your application)
  • Social Security or pension benefits letters, and
  • if the property is held in a trust, we need to see a copy of the trust and a schedule of beneficiaries.