2022 Excise Tax Bills

2022 excise tax bills were mailed on February 1, 2022, and are due Thursday, March 3, 2022.  Bills are generated using information provided by the Registry of Motor Vehicles and include most vehicles and plates registered in Bernardston as of January 1, 2022.  Bills that are not paid in full by March 3 may be subject to additional interest and fees, even if you have filed for an abatement (see below).

Taxes can be paid in person during office hours (Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 9-12 noon and Wednesday evenings 5-6 pm), by US mail, or online through your own bank or through Unibank on the tax collector payments page. Multiple bills can be paid with one check as long as you include the remit portion of all of the bills with your check. It’s also ok to mail multiple bills and checks in one envelope.

Abatements: 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 adjust the tax amount.  Per Massachusetts General Law, 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.  Abatement applications are available at town hall. The Assessors can be reached by phone at (413) 648-5407, or by email at:  assessors@townofbernardston.org. 

2022 ACTUAL REAL ESTATE TAXES ARE DUE APRIL 4, 2022

Real estate and personal property tax bills for the second half of fiscal 2022 were mailed in December and are due Monday, April 4. The Collector’s office is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 am to 12 noon and on Wednesday evenings from 5 – 6 pm. The Collector’s office will also be open on Monday, April 4 from 9:00 – 12 noon & 4:00 – 7:00 pm. The Selectboard requests that all visitors to town hall wear a mask.

The Tax Collector’s office does not determine the amount of your tax. If you have any questions about the amount of your bill or your property valuation you can contact the Assessor’s office at 648-5407 or by email at assessors@townofbernardston.org. The deadline to file for an abatement is Monday, April 4, 2022.

If you have questions about payments, you can contact the Collector’s office at 648-5410 or by email at taxcollector@townofbernardston.org.

2022 PRELIMINARY REAL ESTATE TAXES ARE DUE OCTOBER 1.

Real estate and personal property tax bills for the first half of fiscal 2022 were mailed in July and are due Friday, October 1. The Collector’s office is now open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 am to 12 noon and on Wednesday evenings from 5 – 6 pm. The Collector’s office will also be open on Friday, October 1 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. The Selectboard requests that all visitors to town hall wear a mask.

The Tax Collector’s office does not determine the amount of your tax. If you have any questions about the amount of your bill or your property value you can contact the Assessor’s office at 648-5407 or by email at assessors@townofbernardston.org.

If you have questions about payments, please refer to the back of the bill or contact the Collector’s office at 648-5410 or by email at taxcollector@townofbernardston.org.

2021 Actual Real Estate Taxes are Due April 1, 2021

Real Estate and Personal Property tax bills for the second half of fiscal 2021 were mailed in December and are due on Thursday, April 1st, 2021.  Bills that are not paid in full by April 1 are subject to additional interest and fees, even if you have filed for an abatement (see below). Payments postmarked on or before April 1 will be considered on-time.

The Tax Collector’s office is currently closed to the public due to the pandemic. Taxes can be paid by check or money order by US mail, or online through your own bank or through Unibank on the tax collector “Payments” page. Payments postmarked on or before April 1 will be considered on-time. If you would like to know that your payment was received, please write your phone number on the remit portion of the bill and I will call you when I get it.

If you own or recently purchased property in Bernardston and did not receive a bill, please contact the Collector’s office.

The Tax Collector’s office does not determine the amount of your taxes.  If you have any questions about the amount of your bill or property value please refer to the back of the bill or contact the Assessors’ office by phone at 648-5407 or by email at assessors@townofbernardston.org. The deadline to file for an abatement is Thursday, April 1, 2021.

If you have questions about payments please refer to the back of the bill or contact the Collector’s office by phone at 648-5410 or by email at taxcollector@townofbernardston.org.

2021 Excise Tax Bills

2021 excise tax bills were mailed on February 4, 2021, and are due on or before Tuesday, March 9, 2021.  Bills are generated using information provided by the Registry of Motor Vehicles and include most vehicles and plates registered in Bernardston as of January 1, 2021.  Bills that are not paid in full by March 9 may be subject to additional interest and fees, even if you have filed for an abatement (see below). Payments postmarked on or before March 9 will be considered on-time.

The Tax Collector’s office is currently closed to the public due to the pandemic. Taxes can be paid by check or money order by US mail, or online through your own bank or through Unibank on the tax collector web page. Payments postmarked on or before March 9 will be considered on-time. If you would like to know that your payment was received, please write your phone number on the remit portion of the bill and I will call you when I get it.

Abatements: 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 for an abatement with the Board of Assessors, requesting that they adjust the tax amount.  Per Massachusetts General Law, 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 by phone at (413) 648-5407, or by email at:  assessors@townofbernardston.org. 

Real & Personal Property Tax Due Dates for 2020 Real Estate Taxes Extended to June 1, 2020

On April 8, 2020, the Bernardston Selectboard voted to extend the due dates for real and personal property tax payments and applications for exemptions to June 1, adopting local options A & B under “An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting From COVID-19,” Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, which was signed into law by Governor Baker on April 3, 2020.

A. 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 April 1, 2020.

B. The due date for applications for property tax exemptions has also been extended to June 1, 2020. June 1, 2020 is the new due date even if the due date for applications on your previously mailed tax bill is April 1, 2020.

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.)

The Tax Collector’s Office is Closed to the Public Indefinitely

The collector’s office will continue to operate in the absence of public office hours. The public can contact the office by phone or email and I will return calls and reply to emails.

Taxes can be paid by check or money order by mail, or online through your own bank or through Unibank on the tax collector webpage. Cash payments will not be accepted. All payments postmarked on or before the due date will be considered on-time, regardless of when it is actually delivered. If you would like to know that I received your payment, please write your phone number on the remit portion of the bill and I will call you when I get it.

If you have been marked at the Registry of Motor Vehicles for non-payment of delinquent excise taxes you will need to make payment arrangements with the Deputy Collector, Kelley & Ryan Associates. You can reach them online or by phone at 800-239-2155.