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The Fiscal 2024 Residential Tax Rate is $5.58 per thousand dollars of valuation and the Fiscal 2024 Commercial/ Industrial/ Personal Property Tax Rate is $5.21 per thousand dollars of valuation.
Your mailing address (legal) must be the same address as used for filling your Federal & State Income Tax Forms. To change the mailing address for your real estate, personal property, or boat, complete the address change form available on this web site and mail or fax it to the Assessors' Office. You may download Change of Address Form by clicking on => Assessors => Frequently Used Forms => Change of Address. To change your mailing address for your motor vehicle excise, you must contact the Registry of Motor Vehicles at 1-800-858-3926.
Fiscal 2009 was a re-certification year for Provincetown as were Fiscal 2006, 2003 and 2000. In the past, during the two interim years between triennial recertifications, the Board of Assessors had the option of doing nothing--as it did in the early 1990's when property values were fairly stable,or of making interim,year adjustments in attempt to keep assessments at fair market value.. Because the real estate market has been extraordinarily strong in recent years, the Assessors have opted to make interim-year adjustments since Fiscal 1998.
Beginning with Fiscal Year 2004, the State Department of Revenue has mandated that communities MUST make interim-year adjustments.
In order to remove a decedent's name from a real estate tax bill, in cases where property is held as "tenants by the entirety" or "joint tenants," the Assessors' Office requires a recorded copy of a death certificate. In the case of property held as "tenants in common," the Assessors' Office requires an Inheritance Tax Release of Lien. The process of probating a will often takes several years. The Assessors' Office will make the change once the probate has been finalized. If you feel that a probate has been completed and the Assessors' Office has not changed the title, please contact the Assessors' Office.
In the event your name has changed, please provide the Assessors' Office with the appropriately recorded document(s) from the Registry of Deeds or Land Court.
Surviving Spouse, Minor Child, or Elderly Person
If you are a surviving spouse or minor child who owns and occupies the property as your domicile, or if you are at least 70 years old and have owned and occupied your property as your domicile for at least five years and have assets, excluding the value of your domicile, of less than $40,000, you may qualify for an exemption of $274.00.
If you are over 65, have assets (excluding the value of your domicile) below $40,000, if single, or $55,000, if married; have been continuously domiciled in Massachusetts for at least the 10 preceding years; and have gross receipts of less than $20,000, if single, or $30,000, if married, you may qualify for an exemption of $1000.
If you are declared legally blind with the MA Commission for the Blind as of July 1, you may qualify for a blind exemption of $500.
Disabled Veteran/Surviving Spouse
If you are a disabled veteran, you may qualify for an exemption of $400.
Surviving Spouse/Minor Child(ren) of Police or Firefighter Killed in the Line of Duty.
This provides a full exemption of taxes assessed. Please contact the Assessors' Office for further details.
Senior Volunteer Work Credit ($750 or $1000)
You must be at least 60 years old and own property in Provincetown. It is not required that you be domiciled in Provincetown. You must provide volunteer services to the Town and will be credited for said services at a rate consistent with the State's minimum wage. As of August, 2016, the minimum wage was $11.00/hour, which equates to 68 hours or 91 hours of service. All hours must be completed in the same calendar year. The exemption amount is $750 (68 Hours) or $1000 (91 Hours). No partial credit is given. Contact the Council on Aging, 26 Alden Street, 487-7083, for further details.
Moderate Income Seniors: If you are a Provincetown homeowner age 60 or older, you may be eligible for an exemption from your Community Preservation Act property tax surcharge if you meet certain basic criteria and do not exceed specific income limits.
Low Income Households: Homeowners under the age of 60 may also qualify for a CPA exemption if your annual gross household income does not exceed specific limits.
Income limits for both Moderate Income Seniors & Low Income Households are published each year by the Assessor's Office, available after the Final/Actual Tax bills are mailed.
In all cases, you must establish residency and property ownership to be considered for a tax exemption. You must also reapply for the exemption each year
Go to: Exemptions & Deferrals Page
Tax Deferral - Elderly
Amount: Any or all of the taxes assessed may be deferred (not exempted) with interest (8%) until the property is sold or transferred, or until the demise of the owner, at which point the taxes are repaid. The cumulative total of taxes deferred cannot exceed fifty percent of the applicant's share of the assessed value of the property, and a lien is recorded by the Town.
Eligibility: As of July 1 of the tax year, an individual must be 65 years old, must have owned and occupied any property for at least five years, and must have been continuously domiciled in Massachusetts for at least the ten preceding years.
Income: The gross receipts cannot exceed $40,000.
Go to: Exemptions & Deferral Page
You may be entitled to receive a motor vehicle abatement on your auto excise. See below for your situation. You may download Motor Vehicle Abatement Form by clicking on =>Assessing Department => Motor Vehicle Excise => Motor Vehicle Abatement Form Contact the Assessors for further details. Vehicle Sold or Traded You Must Provide: Bill of sale AND plate return receipt from Registry of Motor Vehicle (RMV) or new registration form if plate transferred to another vehicle. Vehicle Stolen or Total Loss You Must Provide: Police report or insurance settlement AND plate return receipt, C-19 FORM (Affidavit of Lost or Stolen Plate from RMV) or new registration form. Vehicle Repossessed You Must Provide: Notice from lien holder AND plate return receipt, C-19 Form or new registration form. Vehicle Junked You Must Provide: Receipt from junk yard AND plate return receipt, C-19 Form or new registration form. Vehicle Returned (Lemon Law) You Must Provide: Letter from dealer certifying return AND plate return receipt or new registration form. Moved Out of State You Must Provide: Date of move AND Registration from new state or country. Exemptions Charitable Organizations; POW's (Prisoner of War); Disabled Veterans(Degrees of disability required); Disabled Persons (Degrees of disability required); Non-Domiciliary Service persons. You Must Provide: Relevant documentation establishing qualifications.
If you traded or sold your boat, please provide the Assessors with a copy of the dealer's invoice showing the trade-in, or if a private sale, a copy of the bill of sale.
If you registered your boat in another state, please provide the Assessors with a copy of the out-of-state registration. The Assessors recommend that the boat owner cancel his Massachusetts registration with the Massachusetts Division of Environmental Police.
You may download Boat Abatement Form by clicking on => Assessing Department => Boat Excise => Boat Abatement Form
Go to: Boat Excise Page