State Tax Form 3ABC
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Assessors’ Use only
Name of City or Town Date Received
FISCAL YEAR _____ RETURN OF PROPERTY HELD FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES
General Laws Chapter 59, § 5 Clauses 3(b), 5, 5A, 5B and 5C and Chapter 59, § 29
PERSONAL PROPERTY SCHEDULES NOT OPEN TO PUBLIC INSPECTION
(See General Laws Chapter 59, § 32)
Return to: Board of Assessors
Must be filed by March 1 unless an
extension is granted by the board of assessors
INSTRUCTIONS: COMPLETE BOTH SIDES OF RETURN. Please print or type.
A. GENERAL INFORMATION.
WHO MUST FILE. This property return (State Tax Form 3ABC) must be filed each year by all charitable, benevolent, educational,
literary, temperance or scientific organizations and trusts owning real or personal property on January 1 in order to receive a local tax
exemption on that property under G.L. c. 59, § 5 Clause 3 for the fiscal year that begins the next July 1. Veteran organizations seeking
exemption of real or personal property under G.L. c. 59, § 5 Clauses 5, 5A, 5B or 5C must also file this return.
WHEN AND WHERE RETURNS MUST BE FILED. A separate return must be filed on or before March 1 with the board of assessors of
each city or town in which the organization owns real or personal property. A return is filed when received by the assessors.
The board of assessors may extend the filing deadline if the organization makes a written request and can show a
sufficient reason for not filing on time. The latest the filing deadline can be extended is the last day for applying for abatement of the
tax for the fiscal year to which the filing relates.
PENALTY FOR NOT FILING, FILING LATE OR FILING INCOMPLETE RETURN. If the organization does not file a timely and complete return,
it is not exempt from taxation for the year. To be a complete, a true copy of the organization’s most recent annual report to the
Public Charities Division of the Office of the Attorney General (Form PC) must be attached unless the organization is a
religious, fraternal or veteran organization not required to file Form PC. These filing requirements cannot be waived by the
assessors for any reason.
USE OF AND ACCESS TO RETURN. The information in the return is used by the board of assessors to determine the taxable or exempt
status of the organization’s property. The organization may also be required to provide the assessors with additional information to
support its claim of exemption, including applications for the first year exempt status is claimed for (1) any property and (2) any real
estate parcel not previously exempt. Personal property information listed in Schedule C is not available to the public for
inspection under the state public records law. It is available only to the assessors and the Massachusetts Department of
Revenue for purposes of administering the tax laws.
B. IDENTIFICATION. Complete this section fully.
Name of Organization
: Year established:
No. Street City/Town Zip Code
Phone Number: ( )
Area Code No.
Name Title Telephone No. (Day)
Summary of your organization’s primary mission, function or purpose:
Have there been any changes in your organization’s articles of incorporation, charter or by-laws since the last filing of this return?
Yes No If yes, please attach amendments.
Are any changes in your organization’s primary mission, function or purposes planned or anticipated in the future?
Yes No If yes, please explain.
THIS FORM APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE