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Property Tax Relief for Seniors
There are several programs available that provide property tax relief to qualifying seniors.  They are outlined briefly in the table below.  

Local Exemption 17D Local Exemption 41C Local Deferment 41A Local Work-Off Abatement Senior "Circuit Breaker"
Assistance Type Reduces local property tax liability of senior Reduces local property tax liability of senior Defers payment of local property tax owed by senior until house is sold or senior dies Reduces local property tax liability in exchange for voluntary service to community Reduces the amount of state income taxes owed (or provides a refund if none owed) for seniors whose property taxes (and 50% of water/sewer charges exceed 10% of income.
Eligible Age (as of July 1) 70 70 65 60 65
Income Limit for Eligibility None $13,000 if single
$15,000 if married
$40,000
None
$45,000 of single
$67,000 if married
Asset Limit for Eligibility
$40,000
$28,000 if single
$30,000 if married
None
$30,000 per individual
$45,000 per household

$600,000 assessed value of domicile
Amount of Assistance
$175 off total tax for fiscal year
$1,000 off total tax for fiscal year
Taxes and interest can be deferred up to 50% of the property value.
up to $500
up to $840
Inflation Adjustment
None
Annual increase in amount of social security exempted from income limit
None
None
Automatic annual increase in income limits and value of domicile
Application Procedure
Senior files application annually with local assessors
Senior files application annually with local assessors
Senior files application annually with local assessors
Senior files application annually with local assessors
Senior files state income tax return with MA DOR
Supporting Documentation Required
Bank Statements, Investment Statements, etc.