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.
Real Estate and Personal Property tax bills for the second half of fiscal 2015 were mailed on December 31, 2014 and are due on Wednesday, April 1. The collector’s office will be open extra hours on April 1, from 9-12 noon and from 4-7pm. You may pay your bill in person during office hours, online at the Tax Collector website, or by mail.
If you own or recently purchased property in Bernardston and did not receive a bill, please contact the Collector’s office.
The amount of your tax is determined by the Board of Assessors. If you have any questions about the amount of your bill please refer to the back of the bill or contact the Assessors’ office at 648-5407.
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.