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Utility late payment charges

In Massachusetts, a utility may assess a late payment charge on the unpaid past due portion of a balance of a customer bill. Utilities seeking to impose late payment charges must file them as a tariff provision for review and approval of the Department of Public Utilities.

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List of current and historical rates

Effective Date Monthly Interest Rate Annual Interest Rate
February 1, 2023 1.02% 12.99%
February 1, 2022 0.82% 10.27%
February 1, 2021 0.83% 10.39%
February 1, 2020 0.95% 11.97%
February 1, 2019 0.99% 12.53%
February 1, 2018 0.90% 11.40%
February 1, 2017 0.86% 10.83%
February 1, 2016 0.85% 10.69%
February 1, 2015 0.83% 10.46%

Pursuant to 220 C.M.R. 26.10(4), the late payment charge shall be calculated at an annual rate of interest which is the equivalent of the rate paid on two-year United States Treasury notes for the preceding 12 months ending December 31 of any year, plus 10%, i.e. 1000 basis points.

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