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On January 31, 1972, Attorney General Robert H. Quinn wrote a legal opinion regarding assessor’s maps, “…the purpose of the maps is only to sufficiently describe the property in question in order to provide effective notice of which property is being taxed.”
John A. Hammer, IIIMass Assn. of Land surveyors & Civil Engineers, Inc.
These maps can be also be retrieved at no cost through our Digital mapping program.
-Your vehicle is valued for more than percentage of manufacturer's list price in the schedule established by G.L. Ch. 60A §1.
-Your vehicle is exempt from the excise under G.L. Ch. 60A §1.
-You sell, trade or otherwise transfer ownership of the vehicle, and transfer or cancel your registration, during the same calendar year.
-You move to another state, register the vehicle there, and cancel or not renew your Massachusetts registration during the same calendar year.
-Your vehicle is stolen, you report the theft to the police within 48 hours, and you cancel your registration and obtain a certificate from Registrar at least 30 days after theft.
-You register the same vehicle again later in the same calendar year.
-You are not entitled to an abatement if you (1) cancel your registration and retain ownership of the vehicle, or (2) move to another Massachusetts city or town, during the same calendar year.
No excise may be reduced to less than $5. No abatement of less than $5 will be made.
Therefore, if your bill is less than $10, no abatement can be issued for the above.
- Vehicle sold or traded: bill of sale (or name and address of purchaser) and proof of cancellation (plate return receipt or lost plate affidavit (form C-19) from the Registry of Motor Vehicles) or new registration if plates transferred to another vehicle.
- Moved from Massachusetts: copy of MA plate return receipt and a copy of the new state registration.
- Vehicle stolen or totaled: police report or insurance company settlement letter (not the incident date) and proof of cancellation or transfer of registration.
- Moved to another city / town: copy of insurance coverage selections page showing the place of garaging as of January 1 of the taxing year or as of the date of registration of the vehicle.
- Blind- Handicapped- Veteran’s (POWs / non domiciliary servicemen)
Please contact our office for details regarding these exemptions, as requirements vary.
The due date is typically February 1.
However, persons that receive an abatement and the amount granted is public information.
Deed references (book and page numbers) are recorded at the Hampshire County Registry of Deeds. You can contact the Registry of Deeds located at 33 King Street, Northampton at 413-84-3637 or look up the information on their website
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If a property is sold, when will the bill reflect the new ownership? As stated above the bills are shown with the record owner as of January 1. Therefore, any transfer between January 2 and December 31 will be reflected on the tax bills with a care of (c/o) until the following July 1. However, if someone contacts our office for the current ownership, the new owner information will be provided.