Personal Exemptions and Deferrals

Personal Exemptions, Tax Deferrals And Senior Tax Work-Off

An exemption is a release from the obligation of having to pay all or part of the taxes on a parcel of real property. Personal Exemptions are a reduction in taxes due to a particular personal circumstance according to qualifications set forth in the Massachusetts General Laws. The burden is on the applicant to show that he or she falls within the expressed terms of the exemption provision.

If you meet any of the following requirements, you may qualify for a personal exemption:

  • Over 65 with limited income and assets
  • Widow or widower, or surviving minor child
  • Legally blind
  • Veteran with a service-connected injury or disability
  • Surviving spouse of a veteran who died in or as a result of combat

Application for Personal Exemptions must be filed no later than April 1st each year. To obtain an Application, click here.  

Exemptions are granted on a fiscal year basis and applications must be filed each year. 

TAX DEFFERRALS are available for qualifying taxpayers who are:

  • 65 years of age or over
  • Experiencing temporary financial hardship

Please contact the Assessor for details on any of these programs.

The Senior TAX ABATEMENT Program:

  • Seniors are also able to abate their taxes through the Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Abatement, referred to as the Senior Work-Off. This program is under the direction of the Council on Aging.