Personal Exemptions and Deferrals

Personal Statutory Exemptions, Tax Deferrals, Senior Tax Work-Off, and CPA Exemptions

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 STATUTORY 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 Statutory Exemptions must be filed no later than April 1st each year. Exemptions are granted on a fiscal year basis and applications must be filed each year. 

Statutory Exemption Application-All Clauses

Taxpayer Guide to Personal Statutory Exemptions-Blind

Taxpayer Guide to Personal Statutory Exemptions-Qualifying Seniors

Taxpayer Guide to Personal Statutory Exemptions-Surviving Spouses, Minor Children

Taxpayer Guide to Personal Statutory Exemptions-Veterans

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.

Senior Deferral Application

Taxpayer Guide to Senior Deferrals


  • 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.


Exemptions to the Community Preservation Surcharge are available to moderate income seniors and low income residents

CPA Taxpayer Guide FY2019

CPA Exemption Application