Galvin reminds homeowners of property tax cuts

BOSTON (SHNS) – With property tax bills expected to rise by nearly $400 on average this year, Secretary of State William Galvin reminded property owners to consider their tax abatement options before the deadline. pass request. More than 80% of Massachusetts communities have a Feb. 1 deadline for homeowners to apply to lower their property tax bill through an abatement, Galvin’s office said.

The average property tax bill for a single-family home in Massachusetts in 2022 is $6,767, up $395 from the average bill in 2021, Galvin’s office said citing Department of Revenue data.

“With property values ​​continuing to rise, many people will also notice their tax bills rising. Galvin said. He added, “Whether you recently bought your first home or are a long-time homeowner whose tax bill has recently increased, you may be wondering what your options are for lowering your bill. tax and whether you are eligible for a property tax abatement.

The secretary, who oversees deed registry offices in Massachusetts, said the fact that many communities conducted reassessments last year without actual inspections of the properties themselves is reason for a landlord to consider ask for a discount, especially if she or he thinks the property has been overpriced.

Galvin’s Citizen Information Service has posted a series of reminders about the curtailment process, the right to appeal a curtailment decision and more on its website.

Penny D. Jackson