Exemptions

Information Regarding Real Estate Tax Exemptions

Qualifying for an Exemption

An exemption is a release of obligation to pay all or a portion of the taxes assessed on a parcel of property. Exemptions fall under the following categories; Elderly/Senior exemptions, Surviving Spouse/Surviving Minor Exemptions, Blind Exemptions, and Disabled Veteran Exemptions.

Each of the available exemptions have various requirements that need to be met in order to qualify for the exemption. The Board of Assessors reviews application packets and vote annually on each application submitted to approve or deny them based on the criteria for the specific exemption applied for.

All exemption applications can be filed after July 1, up to the deadline of April 1. Late filings can not approved. 

Application Deadlines

  • FY20 Exemption applications will be accepted after July 1, 2019, and are due no later that April 1, 2020.
  • In an effort to streamline the exemption process and to avoid applications from not being filed on time, the Board of Assessors would appreciate you returning the completed application by October 1, 2019. Please fill in zeros where nothing is reported.
  • Applications returned by Oct 1, 2019 and signed by the board of assessors should result in you seeing the exemption reflected on the 3rd and 4th quarter tax bills.
  • Applications not completely filled out will be returned.  

If applications are not received by Oct 1, 2019 you may not see the exemption reflected on your 3rd and 4th quarter bills, however you would be able to subtract half the amount of the exemption off the 3rd and 4th quarters, as in the past. The CPA exemption would still be subtracted off the 4th quarter. 

As always, please call the Assessor's office if you have any questions.

Application

Please complete all sections on the applications.  Use zeros or write N/A if non applicable.

  • Veterans must submit their VA letter with percentage of disability and DD-214 Discharge Form (first time applicants).
  • 41C41A, and CPA applicants must submit a tax return. If a tax return is not filed, the applicant must submit all end-of-year income statements and complete a 4506T Form. A 4506T request for Transcript of tax return will need to be signed and submitted to the IRS.  
  • Income and asset-based
    • Single - Max income: $24,758; Max assets: $40,000.
    • Married - Max income: $34,758; Max assets: $55,000
  • 17D applicants do not need to complete income/gross receipts portion of application; asset-based: $40,000 max.
  • Applicants for Blind Exemptions need to provide a copy of their Certificate of Blindness.
  • All exemption applications require a bank form to be completed by bank personnel (Veterans and CPA applicants are excepted).
  • First time applicants need to provide a birth certificate.
  • Motor vehicle values can be found on you excise bill.

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact the Assessing Office if you have any questions or need assistance in completing the forms. Please call 781-826-6401, or send an email to assessing@hanover-ma.gov.