Charitable Exemption

Religious & Charitable Tax Exemptions


Under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 59, Section 5, the assessors may exempt from taxation institutions and organizations, such as hospitals, schools, churches and cultural facilities who may qualify for exemption from local taxes on the real and personal property.Please note these are not automatic exemptions and must meet specific eligibility criteria.

The exemption status for real estate is determined as of July 1. Personal Property exemption status is determined as of January 1.

Each charitable organization must file an annual charitable property return by March 1. The return must include a true and complete copy of the organization’s most recent annual report to the Public charities Division of the Attorney General (Form PC).

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