Exemption Information

CITY OF METHUEN OFFICE OF THE CITY ASSESSOR

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EXEMPTION INFORMATION

Exemptions:

Q:  I am 65 years old; do I qualify for a property tax exemption?

A:   If you are 65 years old or older, you may qualify for a Cl. 41C property tax exemption if you meet the income, asset and ownership requirement.  Every year the Massachusetts Department of Revenue provides the Assessors with the maximum amount of income and the maximum amount of assets an applicant can have to qualify for a property tax exemption.  Please contact the Assessors office for more information regarding the qualifications.

Q: What if my income or assets are over the allowable amounts for the above?

A:  If you are 70 years old or older, you may qualify for a Cl. 17D property tax exemption if you meet the asset* and ownership requirement.  Income is not taken into consideration for this exemption.  Please contact the Assessors office for more information regarding the qualifications.                      

*If your assets exceed the maximum allowed, you would not qualify for either of the above exemptions.

Q:  I am a Veteran; do I qualify for a property tax exemption?

A:  If you have a service-connected disability of 10% of more, you are entitled to a property tax exemption.  Please contact the Assessors office for more information regarding the qualifications.

Q:  I am a Widow; do I qualify for a property tax exemption?

A:  If you were widowed prior to July 1st of the current year, you may qualify for a property tax exemption if you meet the asset requirement provided by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue each year.  Please contact the Assessors office for more information regarding the qualifications.

Q:  I am legally blind; do I qualify for a property tax exemption?

A:  If the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission for the Blind has declared you legally blind prior to July 1st of the current year; you are entitled to a property tax exemption.  Please contact the Assessors office for more information regarding the qualifications.

Q:  When do I apply for a property tax exemption?

A:  You may apply for an exemption anytime after July 1st.  The deadline to file is the following March by the 31st of the month.  That gives an applicant 9 months to apply for an exemption each year. An applicant must file a new application every year in order to qualify for an exemption.

Q:  When will I receive my property tax exemption?

A:  Property tax exemptions are applied directly to your property tax bills on the 3rd and 4th quarter bills, which are the bills mailed December 31st and April 1st.

     Q: I was receiving a property tax exemption for $750.00, now I am receiving an exemption for $310.00. Why has there been a change in the amount I receive?

A:  Every year the Massachusetts Department of Revenue determines the income and asset requirements for each exemption.  If there has been a change in your income or assets or both, you may no longer qualify for the $7500.00 exemption, but could still qualify for the $310.00 exemption.  If you no longer qualify for the $750.00 exemption we will automatically move you to the $310.00 exemption so that you will still receive some kind of reduction from your property tax bills on the 3rd and 4th quarters.

Q:  I am receiving a property tax exemption, but have sold my home.  What should I do?

A.  You should notify us as soon as the sale has been finalized.  Instead of applying your exemption to the property tax bill, we will process the exemption in a check and mail it to you at your new address.