May I appeal a denial by the Assessors to grant my application for an abatement?

Yes, your appeal may be made to the Appellate Tax Board in Boston. The appeal must be filed within three months of the date your application was denied by vote of the Assessors or within three months of the date your application was deemed denied, whichever is applicable. With certain exceptions, you must also pay at least one-half the tax on personal property and, if the real property tax for the fiscal year is more than $3,000, all of the tax on real property without incurring interest on any installment payment in order for the Appellate Tax Board to hear the appeal. The Assessors may grant an abatement in the final settlement of your application during the period for filing an appeal. However, if a settlement is not reached and an abatement is not granted during that period, you must file a timely appeal for the Assessors to be able to take any further action on your application. The Appellate Tax Court is operated like a court of law with a hearing officer and sworn testimony. Taxpayers (the appellants) must present a convincing case before the hearing officer with the support of their value conclusions. The mailing address and telephone number for the Appellate Tax Board is as follows:

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • Appellate Tax Board
    Saltonstall Building
    100 Cambridge Street, Second Floor, Suite 200
    Boston, MA 02114
  • Phone: 617-727-3100

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1. How are my taxes determined?
2. What is an Assessment?
3. Why did my Assessment change?
4. Is the purpose of a revaluation to increase taxes?
5. How can my assessment change when I haven't done anything to my property?
6. What if I disagree with the assessed value of my property?
7. When can I apply for an abatement on my real or personal property?
8. Who may file an application for abatement?
9. If I apply for an abatement, do I still have to pay my taxes on time?
10. What happens after I submit my application for abatement to the Assessors?
11. May I appeal a denial by the Assessors to grant my application for an abatement?