Division of Local Services (DLS)

DLS promotes sound municipal finance management practices and supports local officials by providing guidance, training and oversight.

Our response to COVID-19

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s Division of Local Services remains committed to supporting cities and towns during the current declared state of emergency. Questions concerning the municipal response to COVID-19 can be sent to COVID19DLS@dor.state.ma.us.

To streamline incoming communications, we have temporarily suspended telephone services including our DLSLaw phone line. General municipal tax and finance law questions not related to COVID-19 can be emailed to DLSLaw@dor.state.ma.us.

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) includes funds for Massachusetts governments to use to pay costs incurred in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Executive Office for Administration and Finance (“A&F”) has established an expendable trust to hold the federal funds and is authorized to spend from that trust on the basis of the federal law. Please visit our COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Municipal Officials page for more information.

DLS will continue to provide updates and information through our DLS Alerts notification system and COVID-19 Resources page. Sign up for alerts on our DLS Mailing List Subscription page.

Who we serve

DLS: Supporting a Commonwealth of Communities 

The Division of Local Services is responsible for ensuring fairness and equity in local property taxation, overseeing local accounting and treasury management, interpreting state laws that affect local governance, distributing monthly local aid to cities, towns and school districts, and maintaining a comprehensive municipal finance data warehouse. 

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100 Cambridge Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02114

NEW: View the DLS Events Calendar

Recent news & announcements from Division of Local Services

News

Events Calendar added to DLS website 

11/27/2020 Division of Local Services

Our new Events Calendar lists events of interest to municipal officials

News

2020 Municipal Law Seminar Goes Virtual 

10/15/2020 Division of Local Services

Bureau of Municipal Finance Law is pleased to present our annual “What’s New” in recent legislation and court decisions in a virtual format.

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