Due dates - Quarterly Tax Billing System - Town of Egremont
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The tax rate has been approved at $7.93 per thousand dollars of assessed value for all property.
The 2022 Fiscal Year begins July 1, 2021 and ends June 30, 2022.
The major source of revenue for the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts is the property tax. The property tax is an "ad valorem" (based on the value) tax. The tax is apportioned to individual properties based on the value of the property. In Massachusetts, estimates of the value are called assessments. The assessments of a large number of parcels for property tax purposes constitute a highly specialized field of appraisal. In Massachusetts, the property tax is assessed on real and personal property to the owner of record as of January 1.
Preliminary tax bills are estimated bills. The estimate is based on the actual net tax bill of the previous fiscal year. The preliminary tax is due in two installments, August (1st quarter) and November (2nd quarter).
Real estate / Personal Property tax is the actual tax for the Fiscal Year. In December, the Board of Assessors assesses the tax for the year and the amounts paid on the Preliminary bills are subtracted from the tax. The Real Estate/Personal Property tax is due in two installments, February (3rd quarter) and May (4th quarter).
You have 30 days from the date of issue of the first actual tax bill and / or Personal Property tax bill to file for an abatement (usually February 1st) with the Board of Assessors.
Payment must be in the Tax Collector's Office by the due date. Postmark is not considered.
Yes; State Law requires that failing to send or receive a tax bill does not affect the validity of the tax, penalty, or interest.
By M.G.L. Chapter 60, Section 3 requires all tax bills to be mailed to the owner of the property. This provides the property owner with an opportunity to review the information on the bill, check the assessed value, and the amount of the taxes. If you feel there is a problem with any of these items, you may contact the Board of Assessors and discuss them.
Most banks and mortgage companies use a tax service to gather the information about their accounts or they contact the Town directly for the information. If you have concerns about this, contact the bank or mortgage company directly to find out how they collect the information and if they need additional information from you.
M.G.L. Chapter 59 Section 11 states the name of the owner of record as of January 1 will appear on the tax bill for the next fiscal year (4 bills per fiscal year). Although your name is in the care of line, you are the owner and are responsible for the property.
The assessment date for the Fiscal Year on Personal Property is the January 1st preceding the start of the Fiscal Year. Each business and second homeowner is assessed based on their status on the assessment date. Thus any business that existed on January 1st or property owner of record as of January 1st would be billed for the entire coming Fiscal Year. This applies to businesses that have closed or relocated during the year so that any business that closed or relocated after January 1st will still be billed for the entire Fiscal Year.