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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Select Board Voted to Extend Tax Due Dates to June 1, 2020

Town of Westford- Important information Regarding Your Tax Bill

Under “An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting From COVID-19,” Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, the town has adopted local options to extend due dates for real and personal property tax payments and applications for exemptions and a waiver of interest on certain municipal tax and other bills paid by June 30, 2020. See below.

1. The due date of your real and personal property tax bill has been extended to June 1, 2020. June 1, 2020 is the new due date even if the due date for payment on your previously mailed tax bill is May 1, 2020.

2. The due date for applications for some property tax exemptions has also been extended to June 1, 2020.

This extension applies to applications for the exemptions listed in the third paragraph of G.L. c. 59, § 59, including exemptions under clauses:
•    17, 17C, 17C1/2 and 17D (seniors, surviving spouses, minor children of deceased parent);
•    18 (financial hardship – activated military, age and infirmity);
•    22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 22D, 22E, 22F and 22H (veterans, surviving spouses and surviving parents);
•    37 and 37A (blind persons);
•    41, 41B, 41C and 41C1/2 (seniors);
•    42 and 43 (surviving spouse and minor children of firefighter/police officer killed in line of duty);
•    52 (certain eligible seniors); 53 (certain eligible properties with septic systems); 56 (National Guard and reservists on active duty in foreign countries); and
•    57 (local option tax rebates).
(Please note that the special legislation did not extend the due date for filing CPA exemptions.)

This extension also automatically applies to applications for exemptions under G.L. c. 59, § 5I and for deferrals under G.L. c. 59, § 5, clauses 41A (seniors) and 18A (poverty or financial hardship due to change to active military).

3. The town has also voted to waive interest and other penalty for late payment of any excise, tax, betterment assessment or apportionment thereof, water rate or annual sewer use or other charge added to a tax for any payments with a due date on or after March 10, 2020 where payment is made late but before June 30, 2020. This applies to late payments of bills that have a due date of March 10, 2020 or after, when such bills are paid late but paid on or before June 30. This waiver of interest does not apply to bills with due dates before March 10, 2020 or if the bill is not paid by June 30.

NOTE - If the municipal offices are closed on the June 1, 2020 extended due date for tax payments or filing of exemption applications as a result of the outbreak of the 2019 novel Coronavirus or the declaration of a state of emergency issued by the governor on March 10, 2020, the due dates for tax payments and applications for exemptions are not extended – they will be due on June 1, 2020 even if the municipal offices are closed. (See section 10(b) of the Act.)

Call the Tax Collector’s office at 978-692-5506 for questions about tax due dates or interest. Town Hall is still closed to the public, but we are servicing customers via email and over the phone.  We are still processing mail, going to the bank and replying to all requests.  Payments can be made by mail, online, or dropped in the drop box located at the back of town hall to the left of the driveway.

Call the Assessor’s office at 978-692-5504 if you have questions about exemptions or motor vehicle abatement. Applications for exemptions can be found on the Board of Assessors page of the Town’s website www.westfordma.gov.  Or if you prefer, call the Board of Assessors office and request to have the documents mailed to you.  Where tax returns are required, the Calendar Year 2018 tax return is the one that is needed for filing FY2020 exemptions.


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