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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Notice to Taxpayers: Due Date Change Information

Town of Needham
Important information Regarding Your Tax Bill

In accordance with “An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting From COVID-19,” Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, the Town of Needham has adopted local options to extend due dates for real and personal property tax payments and applications for exemptions, and a waiver of interest on certain municipal tax and other bills paid by June 30, 2020.

1. The due date of your real and personal property tax bill has been extended to June 1, 2020.  June 1, 2020 is the new due date even if the due date for payment on your enclosed or previously mailed tax bill is April 1, 2020 or May 1, 2020.

2. The due date for applications for property tax exemptions has also been extended to June 1, 2020. June 1, 2020 is the new due date even if the due date for applications on your enclosed or previously mailed tax bill is April 1, 2020.

This extension applies to applications for the exemptions listed in the third paragraph of G.L. c. 59, § 59, including exemptions under clauses 17, 17C, 17C1/2 and 17D (seniors, surviving spouses, minor children of deceased parent); 18 (financial hardship – activated military, age and infirmity); 22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 22D, 22E, 22F and 22H (veterans, surviving spouses and surviving parents); 37 and 37A (blind persons); 41, 41B, 41C and 41C1/2 (seniors); 42 and 43 (surviving spouse and minor children of firefighter/police officer killed in line of duty); 52 (certain eligible seniors); 53 (certain eligible properties with septic systems); 56 (National Guard and reservists on active duty in foreign countries); and 57 (local option tax rebates). This extension also automatically applies to applications for residential e exemptions under G.L. c. 59, § 5C, for small commercial exemptions under G.L. c. 59, § 5I and for deferrals under G.L. c. 59, § 5, clauses 41A (seniors) and 18A (poverty or financial hardship due to change to active military).

3. The Town of Needham will also waive interest and other penalties for late payment of any motor vehicle excise tax, FY2020 4th quarter property tax, betterment assessment, water and/or sewer charge, or other charge added to a tax bill for any payments with a due date on or after March 10, 2020 as long as payment is made before June 30, 2020.  This waiver of interest does not apply to bills with due dates that were before March 10, 2020 or if the bill is not paid by June 30, 2020.

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