Local Option Program for Persons Over Age 60 and Veterans to Provide Volunteer Service for Reductions in Real Property Tax Obligations (Work-Off Abatement)

State

Massachusetts

Year

2017

Variations in Receipt of Benefit

No Variation in Receipt of Benefits

Benefit Type

Credit

Benefit

Participating cities and towns may reduce the real property tax bills of taxpayers who are 60 years old or greater up to a credit of $1,500 in a given tax year in exchange for their volunteer services to the municipality. In the same manner, cities and towns may reduce the property tax bills of veterans up to a credit of $1,000. Volunteers will receive a credit on their taxes at a rate set by the city or town, but that can not exceed the state's minimum wage. The program is administered by the local municipality (provided they have adopted the program) and not the state. Applicants should contact their local government for application deadlines, interview requirements, and additional information.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Credit to the property tax bill

Eligible Property Type

Residential

Characteristics of Eligible Property

Real property of eligible persons is considered eligible property.

Eligibility Criteria

Age

Homeowner

Veteran

Surviving Spouse

Other Criteria

Description of Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the program, the applicant must be the property owner and must have acquired ownership before the work began and the abatement was applied, or, in the case of a trust, must have gained legal title either on the January 1 assessment date or at the time the volunteer work began. Qualifying seniors must be at least 60 years old. To qualify for the veterans program the applicant must be a veteran or the spouse of a qualifying veteran, if that veteran is deceased or is disabled from a service connected disability.

Local Option in Adoption of Program

Local government must take action to opt in

Local Option Regarding Program Features

Local option regarding program features

State Funding for Local Tax Loss

Local government covers all of its tax loss

Description of State Funding for Tax Loss

State statutes do not provide for state funding for local tax loss.

Record ID

MA107_RR17

Footnotes

Property owners who participate in the work-off program are also eligible for other exemptions, deferrals, and abatements laid out under chapter 59 §5.

Sources

Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 59, § 5K;
Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 59, § 5N (in effect for 2017)

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