The Community Preservation Act (CPA) was voted on and accepted at our April 28, 2001 town election. The Act adds a 1.5 % surcharge to your real estate tax bill. However, there are exemptions to the surcharge. The first is a $100,000 residential exemption, which exempts the first $100,000 of assessed value from the 1.5% surcharge. This is only on residential property and will be applied automatically before the surcharge is billed. The next 2 exemptions are for low income and elderly families. If a family qualifies for this exemption they will pay no surcharge tax for the CPA. To qualify for this exemption your income must be below certain levels and you must complete an application including a copy of your most recent years tax return. The income qualification is from all sources and you must have income levels below what is shown in the table below. This surcharge will appear on the January tax bill. You must file an application for the exemption by April 1, 2021. Please contact the Hingham Board of Assessors as soon as possible if you qualify for one of these 2 exemptions.