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 cancelation of the Massachusetts registration
  • Conveyance (sale, junk, repossession, donation, total loss, etc.) of a vehicle with proof of registration cancelation or transfer and proof that taxpayer no longer retains possession of the vehicle. (i.e. bill of sale, junk yard receipt, repossession paperwork, donation receipt,  total loss statement from insurance company, etc.)

More Information on Abatements

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

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