Collecting Division

The Collecting Division collects property and excise taxes and fees due to the City using statutorily permitted collection techniques. The Division is also responsible for recording and depositing collections of monies from other City departments with the Treasury Division.

The Collecting Division mails all tax bills and collects both current and delinquent taxes. The Division also prepares and files tax takings and tax certification liens, issues municipal lien certificates, and prepares petitions for foreclosures with the Law Department. Additionally, the Division prepares property redemption certificates, collects fees and fines and all other City revenue through teller windows, and prepares reports and analyses on various fiscal issues for the City of Boston.

Credit Balance Letters
If you received a Credit Balance Letter for Real Estate Taxes and you want to request a refund, please contact us via email at

Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about Real Estate Taxes, Tax Bills and Payments may be answered through our Frequently Asked Questions.
View our Frequently Asked Questions.

Municipal Lien Certificates
Request a MLC from the Collector-Treasurer. They can be mailed or picked up in person at City Hall.
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Online Payments
Constituents may pay their City of Boston property tax bill, motor vehicle excise tax bill, or boat excise tax bill online.
Make Payments Online

Contact Us
If you require additional assistance, please contact the Collector Treasurer at (617) 635-4131, or visit the customer service window (M-31) on the Mezzanine level of Boston City Hall between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Contact the Treasury Department