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An abatement is a lowering of the assessed value on real or personal property. The lower assessment results in a lower tax bill. Abatements may be issued for reasons of:

Over Assessment
The property is assessed for more than its market value
Disproportionate Assessment
The property is assessed for more than similar properties in the town
Improper Classification
The property is classified as Commercial or Industrial and should be Residential

Abatement applications must be filed with the Board of Assessors within 30 days of the mailing of the first actual tax bill. The filing deadline is typically around Feb. 1. Form 128, see below, is used for this application. If a taxpayer disagrees with the Board of Assessors action on an abatement application, the issue may be appealed to the Appellate Tax Board.

CLICK here for Real/Personal Property Abatement form

CLICK here for Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Abatement page

CLICK here for Boat Excise Tax Abatement page