Paying Taxes & Bills
Payment OptionsPayment can be made
- Online at Online Payments
- Mailed using the envelope included with the bill
- Town Hall during normal business hours
- After hours in the white drop box located next to the U.S. Postal Box in front of the handicap parking out front of the Town Hall main entrance
Online PaymentsPayments made online may be paid by either electronic debit to a checking account or by using a credit card (MasterCard and Discover).
In PersonPayments made at Town Hall must be paid by cash or check only.
If a mortgage company or bank pays the taxes on your behalf, it is your responsibility to forward a copy of your bill to them.
If you have not received or have lost your bill, please contact the Treasurer / Collector Office to request a copy or print a copy through online payments.
Change to AddressIf there is any change in the mailing address or ownership, please contact the Assessor's Office at 978-356-6603.
Tax Billing ProcessTaxes are billed on a fiscal year, July 1 through June 30. Please remember that bills are mailed out only twice per year although four quarterly bills need to be paid. It is easy to pay your bill online. Go to Online Payments.
Preliminary Tax BillsPreliminary tax bills are mailed out by July 1st. The two enclosed tax bills are due on August 1st and November 1st. These tax bills are based on the previous year’s total tax amount divided by four.
Actual Tax BillsActual tax bills are generated in December, after the tax rate has been set, and are mailed out by December 31st. The two enclosed tax bills are due on February 1st and May 1st. These bills are based on the new assessment, multiplied by the new tax rate, minus any payments made or any exemptions given, divided by two.
||Which Tax is Due / Mailed
|July 1st|| Preliminary tax bills are mailed
(1st and 2nd quarters)
|Beginning of the fiscal tax year|
|August 1st||1st quarter real estate tax due|| = ¼ prior year tax plus 2.5%
|November 1st||2nd quarter real estate tax due|| = ¼ prior year tax plus 2.5%
|December 31st|| Actual tax bills are mailed
(3rd and 4th quarters)
|New valuation, new tax rate, and new total tax|
|February 1st||3rd quarter real estate tax due||= total tax minus preliminary tax divided by 2|
|May 1st||4th quarter real estate tax due||= total tax minus preliminary tax divided by 2|
||End of the fiscal year|