Important Reminder: Excise Tax Payment & Abatement

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has sent out a reminder that when registering a motor vehicle in Massachusetts there is an annual excise tax that must be paid.

Remember that when you register a motor vehicle, a motor vehicle excise bill is generated and you are responsible for its payment. If you move within Massachusetts or out-of-state, if you sell or trade your motor vehicle, or if it is stolen, you need to make every effort to obtain the bill, to pay it, and then to apply for an abatement if you are eligible.

And lastly, to avoid not receiving an excise tax bill on time, please keep the Registry, your local tax assessor, and the post office aware of your current mailing address.

This tax is $25 on every thousand dollars of the vehicle worth set by the state. In Massachusetts these values are as follows:

  • 1st Year: 90% of list price
  • 2nd Year: 60% of list price
  • 3rd Year: 40% of list price
  • 4th Year: 25% of list price
  • 5th Year: 10% of list price

There are many reasons you can qualify for an abatement of this tax including loss of the vehicle for any number or reasons or moving in or outside of the state. To find out if you qualify get in touch and we can help you out.

You can find an official application for abatement here.

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