What is motor vehicle excise tax?

Every motor vehicle and trailer registered in Massachusetts is subject to excise tax unless expressly exempted. Registering a motor vehicle automatically triggers an excise tax. The Registry of Motor Vehicles prepares data for excise bills according to the information on the motor vehicle registration. Towns then prepare and send the bills based on the excise data provided by the Registry of Motor Vehicles. For more information, please see the Secretary's page.

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1. What is motor vehicle excise tax?
2. What is the excise tax rate?
3. When is payment due?
4. I received an excise tax on a car I no longer own - how do I get an adjustment on this bill?
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