Tax Abatements- Disabled Veterans


Property Tax Exemption:

A tax exemption is a discharge from the obligation to pay all or a portion of a tax. Exemptions are conferred by the Legislature on particular categories of persons or property. Clauses 22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 22D and 22E of Section 5 of Chapter 59 provide exemptions to certain veterans who were not dishonorably discharged and who meet certain residency requirements, and their spouses, surviving spouses or surviving parents. All eligibility requirements must be met as of July 1 of the tax year.


Please take a look at the Assessors office Brochure:

http://www.burlington.org/town_government/docs/EXEMPTION_CLAUSE_22_S.pdf

Here is the application:

http://www.burlington.org/town_government/docs/Veterans%20Exemption%20application.pdf


In order to qualify you must provide them a copy of your "VA statement of benefits". This form is mailed out to disabled veterans annually around June timeframe. If you can not find it you can request another from the VA. Please see our tab on "eBenefits" for further information

Please contact the Assessors office directory for further guidance in submitting for this exemption.  781-270-1650 or assessor@burlington.org


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Excise Tax abatement for Active Duty Military:

https://www.mass.gov/doc/chapter-9-motor-vehicle-excise/download

Assessment Administration: Law, Procedures and Valuation : Motor Vehicle Excise

4.8 Domiciliary Military Personnel

Vehicles owned and registered or leased by members of the United States military, including members or the National Guard or reserves, who are Massachusetts domiciliaries are exempt from the motor vehicle excise if the service member is on active military duty outside Massachusetts for at least 180 continuous days during the excise calendar year. If the service member is wounded or killed in an armed conflict, the 180-day limitation does not apply. The vehicle must be owned and registered by or leased to the service member in the service member’s name or jointly in the name of the member and member’s spouse. Military personnel who qualify and own or lease more than one vehicle for personal, non-business use may have the exemption applied to the vehicle of choice.

4.9 Non-Domiciliary Military Personnel

Vehicles owned and registered by military personnel who are not Massachusetts domiciliaries are exempt from the motor vehicle excise under federal law if the commanding officer of the service person certifies that the person is a domiciliary of another state and is stationed in Massachusetts or elsewhere due to military orders.

Also exempt are vehicles owned and registered by the service person’s spouse if the spouse is domiciled in the same state as the service person and is in Massachusetts solely to reside with the service person.20 Military personnel, or their spouses, who qualify and own more than one vehicle may receive an exemption on all vehicles that are not used in a business or trade. 21

To request this from the Town of Burlington Assessors office you will need to obtain a statement of service from your current commanding officer.

Please contact the Assessors office directory for further guidance in submitting for this exemption.  781-270-1650 or assessor@burlington.org


Example of Statement of Service

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Disabled veterans approved for a Disabled Veteran (DV) plate by RMV Medical Affairs are exempt from paying certain RMV registration and/or driver's license fees. Must go through the Massachusetts RMV medical department for approval.

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/disabled-veteran-fee-and-tax-exemptions