Petersham Tax Collector
3 South Main Street, P.O Box 762
NOTE: Staff is continuing to work during their regular hours
at their town office locations and remotely.
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Office Hours: Mondays (except holidays) 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM or by appointment
There is a locked box outside the Tax Collectors office to leave payments anytime the building is open.
Contact Name: Renee Wingertsman
Contact Phone / E-mail: 978-724-6620 / firstname.lastname@example.org
$25.00 - Municipal Lien certificate per parcel
$2.00 - Research fee per parcel
CLICK HERE FOR GENERAL INFORMATION - POSTED 12/11/2018 - PDF FORMAT
Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes
Real Estate bills are due October 1, and April 1st If not paid by April 1st a demand notice will be sent out. The late charge and interest are required by Massachusetts General Law, and are not negotiable or adjustable.Massachusetts general law requires property tax bills are sent to the owner of record as of the January 1st date immediately preceding the start of the fiscal year. Hence, if you purchased your property after January 1st, the tax bill will be in the previous owner’s name. The Assessor’s office will add an “in care of” line in the new owners name if notified in writing, so that the post office will deliver the bill. If you are a new property owner, you may contact the Collector’s office if you do not receive your tax bill.
Real Estate Late Payments
Tax payments must be received on or before the due date to avoid interest and late charges. Postmarks are not accepted and do not verify timely payment. If payment is not made by the due date, interest will accrue at the rate of 14% per annum, computed from the date the bill was due. There is a locked box outside the building that payments can be left in any time. If you need a receipt, please include a self addressed envelope.
Real Estate Preliminary Bills Mailed
The first bill that is due October 1st is called a “preliminary bill” and is based on the assessment information from the preceding year. This bill is mailed out the end of June and is due October 1st.
Actual Tax Bills
The second half which is due April 1 is called the “actual” bill, as this bill is issued to property owners based on the final tax rate and updated assessments for the fiscal year. These bills are mailed out the end of December and due April 1st.
If You Have Not Received a Bill
If you are a property owner in Petersham and have not received a tax bill, please call 978-724-6620 or email me at email@example.com. Taxes are due in a schedule defined by law, as are interest and fees, regardless of whether the bill is received by the owner.
Motor Vehicle Excise Billing
Residents who own and register a motor vehicle must annually pay a motor vehicle excise. The excise is levied by the town where the vehicle is principally garaged.
Never Ignore an Excise Bill
Residents who own and register a motor vehicle must annually pay a motor vehicle excise. The excise is levied by the town where the vehicle is principally garaged. Bills must be paid or abated in full to avoid additional fees. If you no longer own vehicle or think you may be entitled to an adjustment, you should contact the Assessor’s Office at 978-724-6658 for further details.
Payment of the motor vehicle excise is due 30 days from the date the excise bill is issued. If not paid when due, it is subject to penalties of interest, demand, charges and fees. A person who does not receive a bill is still liable for the excise plus any interest charges accrued. Therefore it is important to keep the Registry informed of current name and address changes so that excise bills can be promptly delivered.
Late Payment of Motor Vehicle Excise
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Mon – Thurs: 9am – 4pm
Fri: 9am – 3 pm
( Only for overdue motor vehicle excise taxes. )