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Tax Collection Schedule

Motor Vehicle Excise

Billing Cycle:

  • Annual per registration

Due Dates:

  • Thirty (30) days after issue, date varies upon registration of vehicle; the majority of these bills are due in March.

Late Payments:

  • Interest will be charged at 12% per annum on any payment not received by the Office of the Treasurer and Collector of Taxes by the due date; postmarks are NOT acceptable.
  • If the bill remains unpaid thirty (30) days after being issued, a Demand for payment will be issued and an additional fee of $15.00 [M.G.L. c60s15(2)] will be added.
  • If the bill remains unpaid fourteen (14) days after the Demand is issued, the account will be forwarded to a Deputy Collector for collection. An additional warrant fee of $10.00 [M.G.L. c60s15(9)] will be added and a First Notice of Warrant with an additional processing fee of $12.00 [M.G.L. c60s15(10)] will be issued.
  • If the bill remains unpaid thirty (30) days after the First Notice of Warrant is issued, an additional fee of $17.00 [M.G.L. c60s15(11)] will be added and a Second Notice of Warrant will be issued for hand delivery.
  • If the bill remains unpaid thirty (30) days after the Second Notice of Warrant is issued, the license and registration will be flagged for non-renewal at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
  • Clearing a license/registration that has been marked for non-renewal at the Registry of Motor Vehicles requires payment of outstanding town fees, and additional Registry of Motor Vehicles mark/clear fees.

Personal Property Taxes

Billing Cycle:

  • Semi Annual

Due Dates:

  • February 1st and May 1st

Late Payments:

  • Interest will be charged at 14% per annum on any payment not received by the Office of the Treasurer and Collector of Taxes by the due date; postmarks are NOT acceptable.
  • After fourth quarter (May 1st), any outstanding balance will be demanded. A demand fee of $15.00 [MGL Ch 60:15] will be added.
  • Continued failure to pay will result in small claims action.

Real Estate Tax

Billing Cycle:

  • Quarterly

Due Dates:

Preliminary Taxes (Estimated)Preliminary Taxes (Estimated)Actual TaxesActual Taxes
Due DateAugust 1stNovember 1stFebruary 1stMay 1st
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Months CoveredJuly, August, SeptemberOctober, November, DecemberJanuary, February, MarchApril, May, June
Real Estate Tax Due Dates

Late Payments:

  • Interest will be charged at 14% per annum on any payment not received by the Office of the Treasurer and Collector of Interest will be charged at 14% per annum on any payment not received by the Office of the Treasurer and Collector of Taxes by the due date; postmarks are NOT acceptable.
  • After fourth quarter (May 1st), any outstanding balance will be demanded. A demand fee of $15.00 [MGL Ch 60:15] will be added. 
  • Continued failure to pay will result in the securing of a lien on the property (commonly referred to as a “tax title taking”), which incurs additional fees and increased interest rates to the extent applicable by law.
  • The final resolution would be civil suit and/or foreclosure.