I took a car off the road. Can I get a refund on the excise I paid?

In most cases, yes.

If you dispose of a vehicle, you are entitled to an abatement (refund) provided that you can show the Assessor's Office the following documentation:

  • Proof that you no longer own the vehicle. This would include a copy of the bill of sale, donation or junk yard receipt, repossession paperwork, etc.
  • Proof that the registration (license plates) was transferred to a new vehicle or proof that the registration was cancelled.

If you have moved out of Massachusetts and cancelled your MA registration, you are entitled to a refund if you show proof of MA registration cancellation and proof of registration of that vehicle in your new state. 

Unfortunately, you are not entitled to an abatement if you cancel or transfer the plates but retain ownership of the vehicle, move to another city or town in Massachusetts or if the cancellation is done in the month of December.

No excise may be reduced to less than $5 and no abatement or refund of less than $5 may be granted.  

Please be aware, that because the performance of more than one activity is required to establish eligibility for an abatement, the proper date for use in calculating the amount of the abatement is that date when the final activity is performed.

  • For example, the abatement for an excise tax bill for a vehicle which you sold in December, but did not cancel the plates until February, will be calculated until the month that the plates are cancelled.
  • Also, if you cancel the plates on a car in October, but do not sell that car and obtain a bill of sale until the following March, you will owe excise until the car is no longer in your possession.

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1. Can the Assessor enter my property in Dracut?
2. What happens if I sell my car, do I get a refund on my excise tax?
3. Why did my assessed value increase when I did not do anything to the property?
4. Why would the Assessor come to my house?
5. Why am I receiving a supplemental tax bill?
6. Where does the information on my excise bill come from?
7. I moved to another Massachusetts community, why am I receiving a Dracut excise tax bill?
8. What will happen to my assessment if I put an addition on to my home?
9. I took a car off the road. Can I get a refund on the excise I paid?