Abatements & Appeals
When and How to Apply
If you feel that your property has been overvalued, disproportionately assessed, incorrectly classified, or is exempt from taxation, you may submit an abatement application along with an additional information request form (Form 61A) found in the Forms Section.
Abatement applications, which must be filed for each property in each fiscal year being contested, must be filed and received in the Assessor's Department after the 3rd quarter tax bills have been mailed and no later than February 1, 2017. The abatement process is defined in M.G.L. Chapter 59,§§59-63.
Appeal of the Assessor's Decision
If you are not satisfied with the action of the assessor, you can appeal the assessors decision to the state Appellate Tax Board. Appeals to the Appellate Tax Board must be filed within 3 months from the date of the assessor's decision, or deemed denial date. If the tax under appeal is over $5,000, the tax must be paid timely without incurring interest in order for the ATB to have jurisdiction to hear the appeal. Appeals of the assessor's decision on abatement applications are defined in M.G.L. Chapter 59, §§64&65. The Appellate Tax Board is defined in M.G.L. Chapter 58A. The ATB is located at:
Appellate Tax Board
100 Cambridge St.
Boston, MA. 02108
You can reach the ATB by phone at 617-727-3100.