What about abatements and appeals?

Once the tax bills have been mailed, an aggrieved taxpayer must go through the more formal process of filing for an abatement. These forms may be picked up at the Assessors' Office or printed from this website. They must be filed with the Assessors within thirty days from the date the tax bills were mailed.

If the Assessors do not grant the desired abatement, the taxpayer also has the right to appeal to the State's Appellate Tax Board. The appeal must be filed within three months of the denial. Information and applications are available on the MA Appellate Tax Board website or from:

The Appellate Tax Board
399 Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02108-5292
Phone: 617-727-3100

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1. How the Assessors Determine Value
2. Why assessments go up when a property hasn’t changed?
3. What if you disagree with the assessed value of your property?
4. What about abatements and appeals?
5. How are property taxes assessed?
6. How do you determine the tax rate?
7. What don't assessors do?