2016 Preliminary Taxes Are Due October 1

Real estate and personal property tax bills for the first half of fiscal 2016 were mailed on July 1, 2015 and are due on Thursday, October 1, 2015.  The Collector’s office will be open extra hours on October 1, from 9-12 noon and from 4-7 pm.  You may also pay your bill by mail or online at the Tax Collector website.

The amount of your tax is determined by the Board of Assessors. If you have questions about the amount of your bill please refer to the back of the bill or contact the Assessor’s office at 648-5407.  For questions about payments, contact the Collector’s office at 648-5410.

2015 Excise Tax Bills Are Due February 26, 2015

2015 excise tax bills were mailed January 26, 2015 and are due Thursday, February 26, 2015. 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, 2015. Bills that are not paid in full by February 26 are 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 must 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 648-5407. Abatement applications are also available at Town Hall.

Excise taxes can be paid in person during office hours, by mail, and online at the Tax Collector website. The Collector’s office is open Tues, Weds, and Thursdays from 9-12 noon and on Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm.