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To apply for an exemption, an application must be filed with the Assessors’ Office annually and supporting income documents will be required for approval. If you already receive an exemption under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 41C, a separate application may not be required but you must specifically request that you be exempted from the CPA surcharge.
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Talk with assessing staff, review your property record card, as well as comparable sales. You may request an inspection on the abatement application.
Your construction cost is a historical figure that may or may not reflect the current market value of your property. It is one element that will be considered in conjunction with cost manuals and available market data.
Assessed value: $300,000Less residential exemption $100,000CPA taxable value: $200,000x Tax Rate: 10.00 Net Tax: $2,000.00x 1% .01Annual CPA Surcharge $ 20.00
The surcharge for commercial & industrial properties is calculated in the same manner but those properties do not receive the benefit of the $100,000 value reduction which is applied to all Class 1 residential properties.