Fiscal Year 2016
Payments are due August 1st, November 3rd and February 1st with the final payment due May 2, 2016. A late notice will be mailed early May, including outstanding tax, interest and fees if any of the 4 payments is late or missed. The late surcharge and interest are required by Massachusetts General Law, and are not negotiable or adjustable.
Preliminary Bills Mailed
The first and second quarterly bills are called "preliminary bills", and are based on the assessment information from the preceding year. These bills were in June 2015.
Actual Tax & Bills
The third and fourth quarterly bills are called "actual", as these bills are the first issued to property owners based on our final tax rate and updated assessments for the fiscal year. The Department of Revenue approves our tax rate in December after a review at a public hearing with the Select Board. Actual bills were mailed on December 30, 2015.
If You Have Not Received a Bill
If you are a property owner in Amherst and have not received a tax bill, please call 413-259-3020 to inquire. Taxes are due in a schedule defined by law, as are interest and fees, regardless of whether the bill is received by the owner.
Personal Exemptions & Abatements
Abatement applications are due in the Assessor's Office February 2nd. The 3rd and 4th quarter bills are calculated using the new 2016 valuations.