Boston Residents: Have you claimed your 2019 Residential Exemption?

We already know that living in Boston has many perks…too many to list here.  But did you know that if you own and occupy your Boston home as your primary residence that you could qualify for Boston’s residential exemption?

Here are a few key facts:

  • For Fiscal Year 2019, you have until April 1, 2019, to file an application
  • This year, the residential exemption saves qualified Boston homeowners up to $2,719.09 on their tax bill! (up from $2,538 last year)
  • To qualify for any exemption, you need to show that you have an ownership interest in the property.
  • You need to have owned and lived in your home as your primary residence on January 1 before the current fiscal year.
  • The city will apply the exemption amount to your third-quarter tax bill that is issued in late December.
  • To make sure you are eligible, you will need to give the city your social security number. They only use the number to confirm your tax filing from your property’s address.

Aren’t sure if you’re currently receiving your Residential Exemption? You can easily check your property card with the City of Boston’s assessing office – it’s public record.

Just search for your property here: City of Boston Assessor 

Want to file your application? Start here

What other towns offer a Residential ExemptionCambridge  and Brookline and Somerville

*Brookline’s residential exemption is actually calculated differently, it’s a percentage of the total assessed value of a home, not to exceed 20%