Means Tested Senior Real Estate Tax Exemption

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May 14, 2021, Submitted by Town of Hingham

Thanks to the State's Session Laws, Chapter 381 of the Acts of 2020, Hingham’s Means Tested Senior Exemption program is in full swing.

Longtime Hingham residents and property owners who are 65 and older and who qualified for the Massachusetts State Income Tax Refundable Credit known as the Circuit Breaker in Calendar Year 2020 and meet all other requirements may qualify for the Town of Hingham’s Senior Means Tested Exemption Program.

Exemption Requirements:

  • Age: 65 or older (co-owner must be 60 or older) by December 31, 2020.
  • Resident: Must have been a resident of Hingham for 10 years.
  • Income: Must meet the 2020 State Circuit Breaker Limits (Single $61,000, Head of
    Household $76,000, Joint $92,000)
  • Must have applied for and received the Ma. State Circuit Breaker Tax Credit in 2020.
  • Homeowners Principal Residence not to exceed $848,000.
  • Applicant must not have excessive assets that place them outside of the intended recipients of the senior exemption.

The Board of Selectmen shall annually set the exemption amount and the amount of the exemption shall be within a range of 50 per cent to 100 per cent of the amount of the circuit breaker income tax credit.

Application packets for the upcoming fiscal year 2022 are currently available on the Board of Assessors web page at www.hingham-ma.gov or by request from the Board of Assessor's office 781-741-1455, or by emailing [email protected] .

The deadline to file is September 1, 2021.

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