Exemptions and Relief
Property Tax Relief Programs
The Town of Hingham offers a number of different property tax relief programs for residents based on age, income, and veteran or disability status. Town staff can help direct you to the right programs and exemptions.
Application Deadline: April 1 to the Assessor's Office
- Financial Hardship
- Person over 65 years old (41D)
- Surviving Spouse or Person over 70 (17E)
- Elderly and Disabled Taxation Aid Fund
- Legally Blind Persons (37A)
- Various programs for Disabled Veterans
- Gold Star Family tax exemption
- Tax Deferral Program
- Community Preservation Act exemption
Application Deadline: September 1 to the Assessor's Office
Contact Assessor’s Office, Town Hall, 1st floor, Call: 781-741-1455, Email: Assessors@hingham-ma.gov
Tax Workoff Programs
Did you know that you may be able to “work off” a portion of your property taxes by completing tasks/projects for Town Departments?
Senior Tax Workoff Program
- Individuals age 60+
- Must meet income eligibility guidelines
- Work up to 125 hours max per calendar year
- May have a representative work on your behalf if you are physically unable
- Hours must be worked between January 1 and October 1
- Contact Hingham Senior Center, Town Hall, 781-741-1458, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Valor Act Tax Workoff Program
- Available to eligible veterans
- May earn up to $1,500 per household per year
- May have a representative work on your
- behalf if you are physically unable
- No criteria based on income
- Hours must be worked between July 1 and March 15
- Contact Hingham Veterans' Services, Town Hall 2nd Floor, 781-741-1440, Email: VeteransServices@hingham-ma.gov
Not sure where to start? The Assessor’s Office would be happy to help!
- Call: 781-741-1455
- Visit: First Floor of Town Hall
- Email: Assessors@hingham-ma.gov
- 17E Surviving Spouse or Minor Exemption Application
- 18 Hardship Application
- 18A Temporary Hardship Application
- 37A Statutory Exemption for the Blind Application
- 37A Requirements
- 41A Deferral Application
- 41A Deferral Requirements
- 41D Senior Statutory Exemption Appplication
- 41D Requirements
- CPA Exemption Application
- CPA Exemption Requirements
- Veterans Exemption Application
- Veterans Exemption Guide
- Senior Means-Tested Tax Exemption Application
Exemptions are distinguished from abatements in that exemptions refer to the person while abatements refer to the property.
The qualifying date is July 1, the first day of the fiscal year. When the third quarter actual tax bill is sent to taxpayers in late December, applications are due within 90 days of the postmark date.
Because of the number and complexity of exemptions, the following table is intended only to give you a general idea of what is available. If you have the slightest suspicion you may be eligible or have any questions, call the Assessor's Office to discuss details!
Note: That certain income limits include deductions (Clause 41D) and asset limits do not include the value of owner occupied condominiums, and 1,2,3 family houses. Certain exemption applications will require a copy of the tax forms filed in the last calendar year, or a statement indicating that the applicant(s) does not file tax forms. The number of owners of the property also falls into the review of qualification, which may mean non-eligibility of the exemption, a pro-rated, or a full exemption.
Also, in certain conditions, if two or more persons, whether or not related or married, own a single parcel and each qualifies for a different exemption, each would be entitled to receive the exemption for which he or she qualifies.
Ownership & Occupancy
An additional qualification for most exemptions is the ownership and occupancy of the property. In most cases, the applicant must have owned and occupied real estate property in Massachusetts for five years (and owned and occupied the present property on July 1 in the year of application), and Massachusetts must have been the applicant's place of domicile for the preceding ten years.
Owners of Property in Trust
Trust ownership arrangements may affect qualification for a statutory exemption. Consult your attorney if these requirements affect you. As a general rule, an applicant must be a trustee and a beneficiary and submit:
- A copy of a recorded trust instrument, including amendments;
- A copy of the schedule of beneficiaries.