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Frequently Asked Questions (DLS)

FAQs regarding motor vehicle excise, personal property, chapterlands, local tax collections, city budget process and exemptions for charitable, religious, veteran and fraternal organizations.

 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) published by the Division of Local Services (DLS) within the Department of Revenue provide general information about Massachusetts municipal tax and finance laws and DLS policies and procedures in effect when published. They do not answer all questions or address complex issues about their topics. FAQs are not public written statements of the Department. They are informational only as described in 830 CMR 62C.3.1(10)(c), and do not supersede, alter or otherwise change any Massachusetts General Law, Department public written statement or other source of law.

FAQs regarding Property Taxes

The resources below show some of the Division of Local Services FAQs regarding property taxes for motor vehicle excise. personal property, chapterlands, local tax collections and exemptions granted to charitable, religious, veteran and fraternal organizations.

These FAQs are designed to provide answers to questions frequently asked of the Division of Local Services from municipal governments.  Taxpayers seeking answers to questions regarding any of these taxes should be contacting the municipality that is assessing the tax.

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FAQs Other

Below are answers to FAQs regarding the city budget process and information for municipal officials relating to the new Short-term rental and room occupancy taxes.

The Division of Local Services has compiled Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Municipal Governments to explain the changes.  To view these FAQs, please click here

The Department of Revenue has compiled Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Lodging Establishments to explain the changes. To view the FAQs, please click here

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