Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Bills

Motor vehicle excise tax bills are sent out several times during the year. Excise tax bills are due within 30 days from the date of issue. If unpaid after 30 days, a demand fee and other charges will be added to the original excise due. Failure to pay excise tax could lead to non-renewal of the taxpayers driver’s license and registration.

A partial abatement of the excise (or refund for an excise already paid) is appropriate in any of the following circumstances:

  • Move to another state or country with proof of registration in that state or country and cancellation of the Massachusetts registration
  • Conveyance (sale, junk, reposession, donation, total loss) of a vehicle with proof of registration cancellation or transfer and proof that taxpayer no longer retains possession of the vehicle. (i.e. bill of sale, repossession paperwork, total loss statement from insurance company, donation receipt, etc.)

For more information on abatements, please see the following link:

To file for an abatement, please submit all of the pertinent paperwork and completed abatement application to the Assessor's Office. This can be done by main, in person at Town Hall, via fax (978)452-7924 or email to

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