Personal Tax Exemptions


There are a number of Personal Exemptions available for taxpayers. The deadline for Personal Exemptions is April 1st of each fiscal year. The Personal Exemptions applications are listed on the Right Under Useful Documents & Resources.

The following table provides general guidelines for available personal exemptions.

General Qualifications for Personal Exemptions: Applicants must meet age and residency qualifications as of July 1. Some Personal Exemptions have Income and Asset Requirements. See Income & Asset Guidelines (PDF).  In most cases, the applicant must have owned and occupied real estate property in Massachusetts for five years and owned and occupied the current property on July 1 in the year of application. In some cases, the applicant must have lived in Massachusetts for the proceeding ten years.

In some circumstances, if two or more persons jointly own a property and each qualifies for a different exemption, more than one exemption may be applied to a single property tax bill.

For Owners of Property in Trust: Trust ownership arrangements may affect qualification for a statutory exemption. As a general rule, an applicant must be a trustee and a beneficiary and submit:

  • A copy of a recorded trust instrument, including amendments
  • A copy of the schedule of beneficiaries

Consult your attorney if these requirements affect you.

For more information, please contact the Assessing Department at 617-349-4343.

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