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Paying Taxes & Bills
Paying Taxes & Bills
Payment can be made online at Online Payments, mailed using the envelope included with the bill, at Town Hall during normal business hours, or after hours in the white drop box located next to the U.S. Postal Box in front of the handicap parking out front of the Town Hall main entrance.
Payments made online may be paid by either electronic debit to a checking account or by using a credit card (MasterCard and Discover). Payments made at Town Hall must be paid by cash or check only.
If a mortgage company or bank pays the taxes on your behalf, it is your responsibility to forward a copy of your bill to them.
If you have not received or have lost your bill, please contact the Treasurer/Collector Office to request a copy.
If there is any change in the mailing address or ownership, please contact the Assessor's Office at 978-356-6603.
TAX BILLING PROCESS
Taxes are billed on a fiscal year, July 1 - June 30. Please remember that bills are mailed out only twice per year although four quarterly bills need to be paid. It is easy to pay your bill online. Go to Online Payments.
Preliminary taxbills are mailed out by July 1st. The two enclosed tax bills are due on August 1st and November 1st. These tax bills are based on the previous year’s total tax amount divided by four.
Actual taxbills are generated in December, after the tax rate has been set, and are mailed out by December 31st. The two enclosed tax bills are due on February 1st and May 1st. These bills are based on the new assessment, multiplied by the new tax rate, minus any payments made or any exemptions given, divided by two.
PRELIMINARY TAX BILLS ARE MAILED
|BEGINNING OF THE FISCAL TAX YEAR|
|AUGUST 1ST||1ST QUARTER REAL ESTATE TAX DUE||= ¼ Prior year tax|
|NOVEMBER 1ST||2ND QUARTER REAL ESTATE TAX DUE||= ¼ Prior year tax|
ACTUAL TAX BILLS ARE MAILED
|New valuation, new tax rate and new total tax|
|FEBRUARY 1ST||3RD QUARTER REAL ESTATE TAX DUE||= Total tax minus preliminary tax divided by 2|
|MAY 1ST||4TH QUARTER REAL ESTATE TAX DUE||= Total tax minus preliminary tax divided by 2|
|JUNE 30||END OF THE FISCAL YEAR|