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For general guidance on the standards and policies governing applications for authority to abate local taxes and charges under G.L. c. 58, §8, refer to Informational Guideline Release (IGR) 92-206.
Applications must be submitted and signed by the officer/majority of the board assessing the tax or charge, or a board or person designated by that officer or board to submit them. For example, assessors must submit applications seeking authority to abate property taxes. Applications for authority to abate a betterment, special assessment or user charge would be submitted by the board or officer that imposed the assessment or charge, but may be submitted by the assessors if requested by that board or officer.
The officer/board submitting the application must fully support an abatement in the particular case. Abatement authority under G.L. c. 58, §8 is extraordinary relief, not an alternative taxpayer remedy, and should not be sought unless the request complies with the standards for relief explained in IGR 92-206.
FORMAT & CONTENT
Applications must include, at a minimum, the following:
The Bureau will notify the assessors or other applicant if additional information is needed to process a particular application. As a general rule, the information must be submitted within 30 days. If not, the application will be denied, but it may be resubmitted at a later date if all requested information is provided.