Under “An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting From COVID-19,” Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, the town has adopted local options to extend due dates for real and personal property tax payments and applications for exemptions. See below.
- The due date of your FY20 4thQuarter real and personal property tax bill has been extended to June 1, 2020. June 1, 2020 is the new due date even if the due date for payment on your enclosed or previously mailed tax bill is May 1, 2020.
- The due date for applications for FY20 property tax exemptions has also been extended to June 1, 2020. June 1, 2020 is the new due date even if the due date for applications on your enclosed or previously mailed tax bill is April 1, 2020.
This extension applies to applications for the exemptions listed in the third paragraph of G.L. c. 59, § 59, including exemptions under clauses 17, 17C, 17C1/2 and 17D (seniors, surviving spouses, minor children of deceased parent); 18 (financial hardship – activated military, age and infirmity); 22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 22D, 22E, 22F and 22H (veterans, surviving spouses and surviving parents); 37 and 37A (blind persons); 41, 41B, 41C and 41C1/2 (seniors); 42 and 43 (surviving spouse and minor children of firefighter/police officer killed in line of duty); 52 (certain eligible seniors); 53 (certain eligible properties with septic systems); 56 (National Guard and reservists on active duty in foreign countries); and 57 (local option tax rebates). This extension also automatically applies to applications for residential exemptions under G.L. c. 59, § 5C, for small commercial exemptions under G.L. c. 59, § 5I and for deferrals under G.L. c. 59, § 5, clauses 41A (seniors) and 18A (poverty or financial hardship due to change to active military).
The Tax Collector’s and Assessors’ offices are currently closed.
NOTE – If the municipal offices are closed on the June 1, 2020 extended due date for tax payments or filing of exemption applications as a result of the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus or the declaration of a state of emergency issued by the governor on March 10, 2020, the due dates for tax payments and applications for exemptions are not extended – they will be due on June 1, 2020 even if the municipal offices are closed. (See section 10(b) of the Act.)
Tax payments using debit card, credit card or bank account deduction may be made online at www.unitaxonline.com. The online payment system has been updated and tax bills will continue to be available for online payment even after the due date. Non-cash tax payments may also be mailed to 24 S. Main Street, New Salem, MA 01355 or deposited in the black Tax Payment drop box located in front of the town hall at 15 S. Main Street. Money orders or postal orders may be used in lieu of cash.
If you have questions regarding your bill, email your request for information to newsalemtax at aol.com or call (978) 544-5775 and leave a message stating your name, your question, your phone number and the address of your property.
Questions regarding the assessed value of your property, abatements or exemptions should be directed to the Assessors at newsalemassessors at hotmail.com or (978) 544-5814.
Assessment information and abatement forms are on the Assessors’ page.