Boston property tax abatement deadline is today (February 1)
Feb 2011 01

The deadline to submit documentation supporting requests for property tax abatement within the city of Boston is today, February 1, 2011.

This would be for an abatement for fiscal year 2011, which began July 1, 2010 and ends June 30, 2011 and is based on the assessed value as of January 1, 2010.

From the City of Boston website:

An abatement is a reduction of property tax. It may be based on a reduction in the assessed value of taxable property, or a parcel may be exempted completely from the property tax based on ownership and use (a church, for example). A taxpayer must apply for abatement only for the current fiscal year and only if there is a dispute concerning the property valuation or the property classification. An application cannot be filed on taxes from previous years.

Reasons for abatement

Overvaluation – the assessed value is considered too high.

Disproportionate assessment – (pertains to entire property classes, not any individual unit or development)

Improper classification – for example, a property is classified as commercial when it is actually residential.

Statutory exemption – the property qualifies for exemption from taxation based on its ownership and use.

For more information, check the City’s website.

Good luck!

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