Boston Residential Exemption

Everyone who owns their home here in Boston AND occupies it as their primary residence is eligible for the Boston Residential Exemption. For 2008 the Boston Residential Exemption is $1,488.57 which means no matter how much your tax bill is you can subtract $1,488.57 right off the top!

Who can apply for FY 2008?
A taxpayer who owns and occupies residential property as their principal residence as of January 1, 2007 may apply for the residential exemption.

For the purpose of this exemption, the principal residence is the address from which your Massachusetts income tax return is filed. To verify eligibility, your Social Security Number is required for identification purposes. The information will be kept confidential and be used solely to confirm a 2006 personal income tax filing from your address with the Commonwealth of MA Department of Revenue.

The residential exemption will appear on the FY 2008 3rd Quarter tax bill. Owners who do not receive the exemption on this bill, but believe they may be entitled to a residential exemption, must file an application for a residential exemption with the Assessing Department, within three (3) months of the mailing date of the FY 2008 3rd Quarter tax bill.

How do I apply?

Application forms are available at the Assessing Department, Room 301, City Hall or at the Taxpayer Referral & Assistance Center (TRAC), Rm M5, City Hall. The TRAC (617) 635-4287 is open Monday through Friday from 9am – 5pm.

NOTE: Your Social Security Number is required for identification purposes and will be kept confidential. It will be used solely to confirm a 2006 personal income tax filing from this address with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

Return the completed application to:

Assessing Department – Room 301
City Hall, Boston, MA 02201

An individual owner may qualify for a residential exemption on ONE parcel only.

A principal residence is one in which the taxpayer lives and which is used as a permanent home and legal residence for income tax purposes. An individual owner may qualify for a residential exemption on only one parcel.

More Information on Boston Residential Exemption on the City of Boston Website.

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