2014 excise tax bills were mailed on January 24, 2014 and are due on or before Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Bills are based on information provided by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and include vehicles and plates registered in Bernardston as of January 1, 2014. Bills that are not paid in full by February 25 may be subject to additional interest and fees, even if you have filed for an abatement (see below).
If you wish to dispute your bill because, for example, you no longer have the vehicle and/or plates, or you do not live in Bernardston, or you think the vehicle is overvalued, you may file an abatement application with the Board of Assessors, requesting that they lower your tax. Even if you file for an abatement, the original tax is still due and must be paid by the original due date. If your abatement application is approved by the Board of Assessors, you may be eligible for a refund. The Assessors can be reached at 413-648-5407. Abatement applications are also available at Town Hall.
Real estate and personal property tax bills for the second half of fiscal 2014 were mailed on December 31 and are due April 1. If you own or recently purchased property in Bernardston and you did not receive a bill, please contact the Collector’s office.
The amount of your bill is determined by the Board of Assessors. If you have any questions about the amount of your bill or your property value, please refer to the back of the bill or contact the Assessors’ office at 648-5407. The Assessors also handle abatement applications. The deadline for filing for abatement is April 1.
If you have any questions about payments, please refer to the back of the bill or contact the Collector’s office at 648-5410.
We are pleased to announce new, expanded office hours that now include evening hours. The collector’s office is now open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9-12 and on Wednesday evenings from 6-7.
We’re pleased to announce that tax bills can now be paid by credit card during office hours at town hall.
Taxpayers now have the option of making tax payments online with credit cards or by electronic transfer from your checking account through Unibank. Go to the PAYMENTS page above and click on the blue link to UNIBANK ONLINE PAYMENTS SYSTEM. Please note that if you choose to pay online, you must pay all fees charged by Unibank and the credit card companies.