The Assessors’ Department operates under the authority of the Department of Revenue. It has a full time Chief Assessor, an office staff and a board that includes the chief assessor and two appointed members that serve on a part-time basis. The Board of Assessors is responsible for administering Massachusetts property tax laws equitably by estimating the fair market value of all real and personal property in Tewksbury. The office is responsible for adhering to strict certification requirements of the Department of Revenue. To meet these requirements, the assessors are obligated to revalue all properties yearly and, once every three years, undergo a state recertification audit.
The motor vehicle excise tax is administered through the Assessor’s Office. Adjustments to excise tax are made when a car is sold or the owner moves out of state and the plates are cancelled or transferred to a new vehicle. A person must apply for an adjustment; forms are available in the above ‘Motor Vehicle Excise Tax’ link.
After July 1st of each year, the Assessor’s Office sends exemption and deferral forms to property owners who have received an exemption and/or deferral during the previous fiscal year. Exemptions include: qualifying elderly, widows/widowers and the blind. Forms may be downloaded for use but must be mailed in or submitted in person. Electronically submitted exemption applications are not now accepted.
The Assessor’s Office is available to assist the public with questions and concerns. A complete property record card for any parcel may be purchased for $1.00. Assessor’s maps may be purchased for $2.00 per map or $80 per set. Abutter’s lists are also available; please see above ‘Certified Abutters List’ link.
Listed above are various links to information and other websites that are commonly used by this office and often referred to taxpayers by our staff.
If you cannot find what you are looking for, please call the office and a member of the staff will be happy to assist you.