Personal Exemptions

Statutory Tax Exemptions


Under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 59, Section 5, the assessors may provide tax relief to qualified persons.Exemptions may differ in each municipality based on local acceptance.The following is a brief overview of exemptions allowable by law.

Please note the eligible date for all exemptions is July 1 which is the start of the fiscal year.The assessing office begins accepting annual applications after November 1 each year.

For more information please contact our office at 413-525-5400 extension 1600.

Veteran Exemption-Clause 22


You may qualify for a Veteran’s exemption if you fall within one of these categories:
  • Gold Star mother or father
  • Spouses and surviving spouses
  • Veteran awarded a purple heart
  • Veteran with a service connected disability of 10% or more as determined by the VA
The exemption could be between $400 to a full exemption depending on the percentage of loss.

For more information please contact our office at 413-525-5400 ext. 1600.

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Blind Exemption-Clause 37A


You may qualify for a Blind exemption of $500 if you have been declared legally blind.

For more information please contact our office at 413-525-5400 ext. 1600.

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Senior Exemption-Clauses 17D & 41C


Taxpayers age 70 or older may qualify for one of two senior exemptions.These exemptions range from $175 to $500 depending on the applicant’s income and assets or just assets in the case of Clause 17D. The Town of East Longmeadow has accepted Clause 41C and 17D which increases the income and asset limits based on the Consumer Price Index as determine by the Department of Revenue.

For more information please contact our office at 413-525-5400 ext. 1600.

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Surviving Spouse Exemption Clause 17D


You may qualify for a Surviving Spouse Exemption where the exemption amount increases annually by the Consumer Price Index when determined by the Department of Revenue.This exemption is available for applicants with limited assets.

For more information please contact our office at 413-525-5400 ext. 1600.

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