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. Please visit our COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Municipal Officials page for information and updates.

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. Our COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Municipal Officials page contains information and forms related to the CARES Act.

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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Main office: 100 Cambridge Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02114

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Recent news & announcements from Division of Local Services


Final 2020 Equalized Valuations (EQV) 

1/20/2021 Division of Local Services


DLS introduces new Municipal Finance Snapshot Dashboard 

1/19/2021 Division of Local Services

Visit the new Municipal Finance Snapshot Dashboard to explore municipal finance data in a new, easy-to-use way!