Motor Vehicle Excise
Pursuant to Ch. 60A of the Massachusetts General Laws, every motor vehicle and trailer registered in the Commonwealth is subject to the motor vehicle excise unless expressly exempted.
Payment of the motor vehicle excise is due 30 days from the date the excise bill is issued (not mailed). 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, Assessors, and the post office informed of current name and address changes so that excise bills can be delivered promptly. It is the responsibility of the owner to contact the Assessors if he/she has not received a bill.
For what reasons may I get an abatement of a motor vehicle excise?
A taxpayer may file an abatement application and receive an abatement for any of the following reasons:
How do I apply for an abatement?
- You will need proof that you no longer own the vehicle (bill of sale, junkyard receipt, insurance total loss form, etc)
- You will need proof of what you did with your registration (cancel plate receipt, or a copy of your current vehicle registration if you transferred your plates)
- This documentation must be brought to the Assessor's office along with this form.
What to expect
If you're getting a refund it will take 6-8 weeks by mail. We suggest you pay your bill as to not incur late fees.