Due to the property tax structure established by Massachusetts statute, there are occasions where property may change hands or uses and those changes are not immediately reflected on the tax bills sent out by the City.
The tax bills for any given Fiscal Year relate to the property's status and attributes as of the January 1 preceding that Fiscal Year. For example, for Fiscal Year 2017 (7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017) tax bills address the owner of record of the property as of January 1, 2016.
The timing of property ownership recordings can create confusion in many instances, especially when a property has been converted into a condominium. For every condominium created there will be a window of time when the condo unit owners are not each receiving their own Individualized tax bill. This DOES NOT mean that each condo owner is not responsible for property taxes.
For a period of time before the condo unit owners get their own individualized tax bills, each unit owner is responsible for paying his share of the total property tax bill. A unit owner's share of the bill can be calculated by multiplying the unit owner's percentage interest in the common area of his condominium by the bill amount.
Example: a five-unit building converts to condominium on August 30th, 2016 and the building gets a quarterly property tax bill in November 2016 for $2,500. The condominiums Master Deeds lists out the common area percentages. The tax bill amount for each owner is shown below:
|Unit||Common Area Percentage||Tax Bill Amount Owner Is Responsible For|
Note: Keep track of any payments that you make on your taxes for your unit, if another unit owner does not pay their portion of the overall tax bill you want to have proof showing that you have paid your portion.
For fiscal year 2017, most condominium conversions recorded before January 1, 2016, received 1st quarter tax bills on July 1, 2016. In the case of large scale conversions, or when inaccurate plans or other problems are encountered while reviewing recorded instruments, the Assessing Department will issue bills for those condominiums in the 3rd quarter. Most conversions recorded during calendar year 2016 will be billed in time for the 1st quarter of fiscal year 2018. Please refer to the timeline below for information about upcoming years:
|Calendar Year Converted||Conversion Reflected on 1st Quarter Tax Bills for Fiscal Year|
If you have questions, contact the Assessing Department Tax Data Administration unit at (617) 635-3783.