State Tax Form 128
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Assessors’ Use only
Revised 11/2016
Date Received
Name of City or Town
Application No.
APPLICATION FOR ABATEMENT OF REAL PROPERTY TAX
PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX
FISCAL YEAR _______
General Laws Chapter 59, § 59
THIS APPLICATION IS NOT OPEN TO PUBLIC INSPECTION (See General Laws Chapter 59, § 60)
Return to: Board of Assessors
Must be filed with assessors not later than due
date of first actual (not preliminary) tax payment
for fiscal year.
INSTRUCTIONS: Complete BOTH sides of application. Please print or type.
A. TAXPAYER INFORMATION.
Name(s) of assessed owner:
Name(s) and status of applicant (if other than assessed owner)
Subsequent owner (aquired title after January 1) on
_________________, __________
Administrator/executor.
Mortgagee.
Lessee.
Other. Specify.
Mailing address
No. Street City/Town Zip Code
Telephone No. ( )
Amounts and dates of tax payments ___________________________________
B. PROPERTY IDENTIFICATION. Complete using information as it appears on tax bill.
Tax bill no.
Assessed valuation $
Location
No. Street
Description
Real:
Parcel ID no. (map-block-lot)
Land area
Class
Personal:
Property type(s)
C. REASON(S) ABATEMENT SOUGHT. Check reason(s) an abatement is warranted and briefly explain why it applies.
Continue explanation on attachment if necessary.
Overvaluation
Incorrect usage classification
Disproportionate assessment
Other. Specify.
Applicant’s opinion of: Value $
Class
Explanation
FILING THIS FORM DOES NOT STAY THE COLLECTION OF YOUR TAXES. TO AVOID LOSS OF APPEAL RIGHTS OR
ADDITION OF INTEREST AND OTHER COLLECTION CHARGES, THE TAX SHOULD BE PAID AS ASSESSED.
THIS FORM APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE
D. SIGNATURES.
Subscribed this day of ,
Under penalties of perjury.
Signature of applicant
If not an individual, signature of authorized officer
Title
( )
(print or type) Name Address Telephone
If signed by agent, attach copy of written authorization to sign on behalf of taxpayer.
TAXPAYER INFORMATION ABOUT ABATEMENT PROCEDURE
REASONS FOR AN ABATEMENT. An abatement is a reduction in the tax assessed on your property for the fiscal year. To dispute your valuation or
assessment or to correct any other billing problem or error that caused your tax bill to be higher than it should be, you must apply for an abatement.
You may apply for an abatement if your property is: 1) overvalued (assessed value is more than fair cash value on January 1 for any reason, including
clerical and data processing errors or assessment of property that is non-existent or not taxable to you), 2) disproportionately assessed in comparison
with other properties, 3) classified incorrectly as residential, open space, commercial or industrial real property, or 4) partially or fully exempt.
WHO MAY FILE AN APPLICATION. You may file an application if you are:
the assessed or subsequent (acquiring title after January 1) owner of the property,
the personal representative of the assessed owner’s estate or personal representative or trustee under the assessed owner’s will,
a tenant paying rent who is obligated to pay more than one-half of the tax,
a person owning or having an interest or possession of the property, or
a mortgagee if the assessed owner has not applied.
In some cases, you must pay all or a portion of the tax before you can file.
WHEN AND WHERE APPLICATION MUST BE FILED. Your application must be filed with the assessors on or before the date the first installment
payment of the actual tax bill mailed for the fiscal year is due, unless you are a mortgagee. If so, your application must be filed during the last 10 days of
the abatement application period. Actual tax bills are those issued after the tax rate is set. Applications filed for omitted, revised or reassessed taxes
must be filed within 3 months of the date the bill for those taxes was mailed. THESE DEADLINES CANNOT BE EXTENDED OR WAIVED BY THE
ASSESSORS FOR ANY REASON. IF YOUR APPLICATION IS NOT TIMELY FILED, YOU LOSE ALL RIGHTS TO AN ABATEMENT AND THE
ASSESSORS CANNOT BY LAW GRANT YOU ONE. TO BE TIMELY FILED, YOUR APPLICATION MUST BE (1) RECEIVED BY THE ASSESSORS ON
OR BEFORE THE FILING DEADLINE OR (2) MAILED BY UNITED STATES MAIL, FIRST CLASS POSTAGE PREPAID, TO THE PROPER ADDRESS
OF THE ASSESSORS ON OR BEFORE THE FILING DEADLINE AS SHOWN BY A POSTMARK MADE BY THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE.
PAYMENT OF TAX. Filing an application does not stay the collection of your taxes. In some cases, you must pay all preliminary and actual
installments of the tax when due to appeal the assessors’ disposition of your application. Failure to pay the tax assessed when due may also subject you
to interest charges and collection action. To avoid any loss of rights or additional charges, you should pay the tax as assessed. If an abatement is
granted and you have already paid the entire year’s tax as abated, you will receive a refund of any overpayment.
ASSESSORS DISPOSITION. Upon applying for an abatement, you may be asked to provide the assessors with written information about the property
and permit them to inspect it. Failure to provide the information or permit an inspection within 30 days of the request may result in the loss of your
appeal rights.
The assessors have 3 months from the date your application is filed to act on it unless you agree in writing before that period expires to extend it for a
specific time. If the assessors do not act on your application within the original or extended period, it is deemed denied. You will be notified in writing
whether an abatement has been granted or denied.
APPEAL. You may appeal the disposition of your application to the Appellate Tax Board, or if applicable, the County Commissioners. The appeal
must be filed within 3 months of the date the assessors acted on your application, or the date your application was deemed denied, whichever is
applicable. The disposition notice will provide you with further information about the appeal procedure and deadline.
DISPOSITION OF APPLICATION (ASSESSORS’ USE ONLY)
Ch. 59, § 61A return
GRANTED
Assessed value
Date sent _______________
DENIED
Abated value
Date returned ___________
DEEMED DENIED
Adjusted value
On-site inspection
Assessed tax
Date
Abated tax
By
Date voted/Deemed denied _________
Adjusted tax
Certificate No. _____________________
Date Cert./Notice sent ______________
Board of Assessors
Data changed ___________
Appeal ___________________________
____________________________________________
Date filed ________________________
____________________________________________
Valuation ______________
Decision _________________________
____________________________________________
Settlement ________________________
Date:
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