Payments are due August 3, 2020, November 2, 2020 and February 1, 2021 with the final payment due May 3, 2021. 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 mailed on June 25, 2020.
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 Town Council. Actual bills will be mailed in December.
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 1, 2021. The 3rd and 4th quarter bills are calculated using the new 2021 valuations.