Mass General Law provides for a Senior Tax Abatement program. Resident taxpayers, who are 60 years of age or older, may volunteer their services to the Town in exchange for a reduction in their real estate tax bills. Earnings are not state taxable income, however they are federal income and taxable.
The maximum reduction is $750.00 per fiscal year. The hourly rate is the minimum wage. Earnings accumulated from July through June are applied to the next fiscal year’s tax bill, that will be generated not earlier than the following October. The earnings are posted also to the town payroll at that date.
Rules and procedures are developed by the Board of Selectmen and the Council on Aging. Applications to work must be delivered to the Senior Center during its hours of operation. Applications will be acted upon by a committee appointed by the Council on Aging.