Selectmen Vote to Extend Real Estate Tax Due Date & Waive Interest and Penalty for Late Excise Tax

Tax Update

The Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting from COVID-19 (H.4598) signed into law by Governor Baker on April 3, 2020 provides cities, towns, and districts authority to local officials to take action to address the needs of their constituents. Section 10 of the Act provides a local option for the chief executive officer in a city, town, or district to extend the property tax deadline from May 1, 2020 to June 1, 2020. In a town the chief executive officer is the Board of Selectmen.

After consultation with the Town Tax Collector and Treasurer, the Board of Selectmen voted on April 6, 2020 to extend the May 1, 2020 to June 1, 2020.

The Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting from COVID-19 (H.4598) signed into law by Governor Baker on April 3, 2020 provides cities, towns, and districts authority to local officials to take action to address the needs of their constituents. Section 11 of the Act provides a local option for the chief executive officer in a city, town, or district to waive interest and other penalty for late payment of excise tax with a due date on or after March 10, 2020 where payment is made after its respective due date but before June 30, 2020. In a town the chief executive officer is the Board of Selectmen.

After consultation with the Town Tax Collector and Treasurer, the Board of Selectmen voted on April 6, 2020 to waive interest and penalty for late payment of excise tax made after its respective due date but before June 30, 2020.

It is important to note Section 11 of the Act allows the waiver of interest and penalties regarding late payments of bills with a due date of March 10, 2020 or after, when such bills are paid late but paid on or before June 30, 2020. This section does not permit waiver of interest and penalties regarding bills with due dates before March 10, 2020 or if the bill is not paid by June 30, 2020.