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Note: Please contact the Assessors' office for the specifics for these exemptions, as each person's case is different.
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The excise is imposed on the privilege of registering a motor vehicle. You are billed based on the information provided to the Registry of Motor Vehicles on the registrant’s application.
It applies to anyone who registers a motor vehicle in Massachusetts.
The rate is $25 per thousand in value. This is the standard rate for the entire state.
If not paid by the due date, the outstanding balance will accrue interest at a rate of 12%. If the bill remains unpaid, the following charges may eventually be added:
Never ignore an excise bill. Pay it on time to avoid interest and fees. You can then apply for an abatement and refund!
The information on your excise bill originates from the Registry of Motor Vehicles. To make any changes to this information, it must be done through the RMV. You can either visit a local office or visit their website for more information. The closest RMV office to Deerfield is in Greenfield at 18 Miner Street (next to the rotary off Exit 26 on Route 91).
The Town of Deerfield uses Arthur P. Jones' office as their Deputy Collector. Once a Warrant Fee ($10) has been added to an excise bill, the Tax Collector's office at the Town Hall can no longer accept payment and it must now be paid directly to the Deputy Collector. Please contact their office for payment options at 877-378-9265 or visit their website for more information.
Mailing Address: Arthur P. Jones and Associates, Inc.P.O. Box 808Easthampton, MA 01027
The value of a motor vehicle for excise purposes is determined by the Commissioner of Revenue at varying percentages of the manufacturer's list price in the year of manufacture as follows:
Condition and market value are not considerations in determining the value, nor is age after the fifth year.
You are not entitled to an abatement if you:
Applications for abatement must be received by the Board of Assessors within three years after the excise was due, or one year after the excise was paid, whichever is later. To preserve your right to an abatement and to appeal, you must file on time.
You must file the application in the Assessors' Office.
You can pick one up at the Assessors' Office or you can download it from the Forms and Documents page.
The minimum amount of a bill is $5. This does not mean that every excise minimum is $5. The law states that no bill shall be less than $5.
Provide the information described below that is pertinent to your abatement application:
Normally you will receive notification within a matter of days following the next scheduled Assessor's meeting. By law, the Assessors have three months from the application filing date to act unless you agree in writing to their request to extend the action period for a specific time.