Anyone who owns and moors his/her boat in Boston is required to pay an excise tax bill. If you have sold, traded your boat, had it stolen, declared a loss or junked, or have moved your boat out of Boston or out of Massachusetts, you can apply for an abatement of a portion of boat excise tax. Boat Excise Tax Abatement Form.
Boat Mooring Permit Application
Per Massachusetts General Law (City of Boston Code, Chapter 16 Section 48), boats are not allowed to moor or dock in Boston waters without first obtaining a permit from the City. This permit must be displayed on the port side of the boat, near the transom.
FY 2015 Statutory Exemption Information Requisition
Massachusetts law provides for an exemption from local property taxes for certain qualifying organizations. This requisition form accompanies the FY 2014 abatement application based upon Statutory Exemption. Abatement applications must be filed by the third quarter payment deadline. Applicants will then have thirty (30) days from the date on which the abatement application was filed to complete and file the FY 2015 Statutory Exemption Info Requisition Form.
FY 2015 Preliminary Consideration Information Requisition Application
Organizations seeking exemption from local property taxes in advance of the issuance of the fiscal year 2015 tax bill can file a Preliminary Consideration Information Requisition Form. Forms are due no later than July 31, 2014.
Organizations and trusts owning real or personal property on January 1 preceding the fiscal year must file a Form 3ABC Return of Property Held for Charitable and Other Purposes. The Form 3ABC is a state tax form that must be filed on an annual basis by March 1 preceding the start of the fiscal year. If the form is not filed in a timely manner in a given year, the organization's tax exemption may not be granted.
Fraternal and veteran organizations are not required by law to file the Form 3ABC. Religious organizations are not required to file the Form 3ABC unless the organization owns tax-exempt property that is used for a purpose other than as a house of worship or as a parsonage.
NOTE: The 3ABC requirement applies to all organizations seeking the benefit of a statutory exemption, including new applicants as well as previously exempt properties. Click here for the Form 3ABC. The form can also be obtained at:
Hobbs & Warren, Inc
11 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Personal Exemption (Blind, Elderly, Surviving Spouse, Veteran, etc)
FY 2015 Application for Personal Exemption
An exemption is a release from the obligation of having to pay taxes on all or a part of a parcel of real property. Personal exemptions are a reduction in taxes due to a particular personal circumstance (Blind, Surviving spouse, Minor child of deceased parent, Elderly, Disabled Veteran etc.). The personal exemption application for FY 2015 is available online following the issuance of the 3rd Quarter tax bill for a period of 90 days ONLY. Property owners who wish to file for a personal exemption should follow the instructions on the Assessing Online page.
Fiscal Year 2015 Application for Personal Property Abatement
The FY 2015 Personal Property Abatement Application is available online from January 1, 2015 - February 2, 2015 ONLY. It must be filed by February 2, 2015.
Persons who own and operate a motor vehicle in Boston are required to pay a Motor Excise tax bill. If your car has been sold, traded, stolen, declared a loss or junked, or have moved your car out of Boston or out of Massachusetts, you can obtain a Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Abatement application Motor Excise Tax Abatement Form.
Real Estate (Residential, Commercial etc.)
FY 2015 Application for Real Estate Tax Abatement
An abatement is a reduction of a property tax based upon a review and correction of a property's assessed value. Massachusetts law provides for an abatement procedure that must be followed when a taxpayer believes that their property is over-assessed, disproportionately assessed, improperly classified or exempt from taxation. Both the FY 2015 Abatement application (page 1) and the FY 2015 Information Requisition form (pages that follow) must be filed timely to comply with Massachusetts law.
The FY 2015 Application for Real Estate Abatement is available online from January 1, 2015 - February 2, 2014 ONLY. Property owners who wish to file an abatement should follow the instructions on the Assessing Online page.
FY 2015 Application for Residential Exemption
The City of Boston offers a residential exemption to homeowners that occupy their property as the principal residence. The Residential Exemption application for FY 2015 is available online from January 1, 2015 - April 1, 2015 ONLY. Homeowners who wish to file for the Residential Exemption should follow the instructions on the Assessing Online page.
You may also apply online for the residential exemption. To access the form for your property, go to Assessing Online and enter identifying information such as parcel ID, last name, or street address in the search box. Click on "Details" among the search results associated with your property. On the property summary screen, click on the link to "file a Residential Exemption Application for FY2015". If a residential exemption has already been granted for the given tax year then this will be noted in the "Abatements/Exemption" section. Please note that applicants must print out their online residential exemption application and return it to the Assessing Department, Room 301, City Hall OR to the Taxpayer Referral & Assistance Center (TRAC), mezzanine level, City Hall by April 1, 2013.
Change of Property Tax Bill Mailing Address
The City of Boston operates under a Quarterly billing system. The fiscal year tax bill is sent to the owner of record as of January 1. If you purchased a property after January 1, the next fiscal year bill will list the previous owner's name. In order to receive future bills at the appropriate address, please fill out the Property Tax Bill Change of Mailing Address Form.
Real Estate Parcel Consolidation
Taxpayers seeking to consolidate the parcel on which their home is located and its contiguous lot or lots into one property parcel for tax bill purposes must make a request to the Assessing Department by completing and submitting a signed Real Estate Parcel Consolidation Request form.
Please read the Consolidation Instruction page for consolidation limitations and procedures prior to filling out the request form.
Obtain a record card for property situated within the City of Boston by completing and mailing the Property Record Card Request Form A $5.00 fee per parcel is applicable for each record card payable by cash, check or money order made payable to the City of Boston.
FY 2015 38D Property Tax Return (Office)
This return requests property income and expenses information pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 59, Section 38D, in order that the City of Boston Assessing Department may determine the actual fair cash valuation of the subject property. All information submitted is confidential pursuant to the law. Complete the return as it is and in its entirety. Alternative documents may not be substituted for this return.FY 2015 38D Property Tax Return (Office) Form will only be available for sixty (60) days following the mailing date of January 28, 2014.
FY 2015 38D Property Tax Return (New Construction)
This return requests property income and expenses information pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 59, Section 38D, in order that the City of Boston Assessing Department may determine the actual fair cash valuation of the subject property. All information submitted is confidential pursuant to the law. Complete the return as it is and in its entirety. Alternative documents may not be substituted for this return.FY 2015 38D Property Tax Return (New Construction) Form will only be available for sixty (60) days following the mailing date of January 28, 2014.