Collector

The Office of the Collector is responsible for the collection of all taxes and excises assessed by the Board of Assessors, and usage fees assessed by the Water Department. The Office also properly records and accounts for all funds received. On the occasion of a tax delinquency, the Office prepares and processes tax takings.

REAL ESTATE & PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES

The Quarterly tax bills are mailed out twice a year, July 1st and January 1st.

The July 1st mailing contains the preliminary tax bill due August 1st and the preliminary tax bill due November 1st.

The January 1st mailing contains the actual tax bill due February 1st and the actual tax bill due May 1st.

Late payments will be assessed interest and late charges in accordance with the Massachusetts General Law. Interest will be computed on overdue payments back to the due date.

 

WATER BILLS

Water bills are mailed quarterly in July, October, January, and April. The bill is due 30 days from date of issue, interest and penalties may be applied for any payments received after the due date. Any water bills that are outstanding at the end of the town’s fiscal year the treasurer may then convert the outstanding bills into a water lien that will be attached to the taxpayer’s real estate taxes. The lien will be reflected in the third quarter tax bill.

 

EXCISE TAXES (Annually)

Excise tax bills are prepared by the Registry of Motor Vehicle according to the information on the motor vehicle registration. The excise is levied by the city or town where the vehicle is principally garaged.  Under MGL Chapter 60A all Massachusetts residents who own and register a motor vehicle must annually pay a motor vehicle excise. Also, under MGL Chapter 59, Section 2, please note that every motor vehicle whether registered or not is subject to taxation, either excise or personal property, for the privilege of road use, whether actual or future.

 

Payment

Payment of motor vehicle excise is due 30 days from the date the excise bill is issued (not mailed, as popularly believed). If an excise is not paid within 30 days from the issue date, the tax collector will then issue a demand notice. In addition to the demand interest will accrue on the overdue bill at a rate of 12 percent.

If the demand is not answered within 14 days, the collector will then issue a warrant to the deputy tax collector which carriers another fee. The deputy collector issues the warrant notice at a cost of $12. If there still is no response a final warrant, a service warrant, will be delivered to the taxpayer at his/her residence or workplace, at a fee of $17.

If the warrants go unpaid further action will be taken with the Registry of Motor Vehicles, a mark will be placed on the taxpayer’s license and any vehicle registration the taxpayer has in his/her name. This mark will prevent renewal of both the registration and license of the taxpayer until the bill has been paid in full.

 

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

*According to Chapter 60A, section 2 of the Massachusetts General Laws, “Failure to receive notice shall not affect the validity of the excise” A person who does not receive a bill is still liable for the excise plus any interest charges accrued.

*All bills are considered paid when payment is received by the Collectors office.

Update Quarter info for FY 2017

1st Quarter - 08/01/2016
2nd Quarter -11/01/2016
3rd Quarter - 02/01/2017
4th Quarter - 05/01/2017

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Tax Information (781) 784-1500 ext. 1200
Lisa Clark Collector (781) 784-1500 ext. 1102
Diana Lambert Collections Supervisor (781) 784-1500 ext 1104
Jessica Messer Financial Assistant (781) 784-1500 ext. 1101
Frances Berry Financial Assistant (781) 784-1500 ext, 1103
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