Deadline for 2017 Real Estate Tax Abatement Applications Is February 1

January 25, 2017 10:28 am Published by Patricia Finnegan Gates

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Property owners: Don’t miss the filing deadline for your real estate Tax Abatement Application. If you believe that your real estate valuation and tax bills are too high, you must file an Abatement Application with your city or town on or before the last day for payment of the first installment of the tax bill due as shown on the “Actual” (as opposed to the “Preliminary”) tax bill.

For Worcester properties, the Fiscal Year 2017 Actual tax bills were mailed on January 1, 2017, and the payment is due February 1, 2017. You must file your Abatement Application on or before Wednesday, February 1. You must pay your real estate taxes on time to be eligible to file for an Abatement. If you miss the filing deadline, you are precluded from applying.

In the likely event that your Application for Abatement is denied, you will have 90 days from the date of the denial to appeal the denial to the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board.


An experienced adviser and forceful client advocate, Attorney Patricia Gates provides valued counsel on diverse real estate matters, from simple real estate transactions to complex land use and development issues. She has handled numerous Applications for Abatement on significant commercial properties in Worcester, netting her clients close to $1 million in tax refunds in the last three years. 

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