Office of the Assessor
The Office of the City Assessor determines the property value of homes, businesses, and all taxable and non-taxable real property (land and improvements) and personal property (business equipment) in the city. The Assessors Office is also responsible for processing annual overvalue abatement applications as well as excise abatement requests. This office processes over 800 property tax exemptions annually. These tax exemptions are for senior citizens over the age of 70, widows and widowers, disabled veterans, and blind persons. Through the Building Permit application process, the Assessors Office is also responsible for reassessing any property physically changed during the course of the year.
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue mandates all municipalities to conduct a triennial (every three years) re-assessment of all real and personal property. The Board of Assessors must conduct this re-assessment pursuant to the guidelines for the development of a minimum re-assessment program established by the Department of Revenue (DOR). All values must be certified by the DOR in writing prior to the city's annual tax toll and tax rate being set. The Board of Assessors is responsible for the calculation of the annual tax rate necessary to raise the tax dollars, in accordance with Proposition 2 ½, to fund the city's annual operating budget.
FY 2013 TAX BOOKS
The fiscal year 2013 tax list books will be available upon order for $30.00 from the Assessors Office by calling (978) 674-1102 beginning in March.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - FY 2013
CYCLICAL INSPECTIONS: The Assessors Office is continuing with the Cyclical Inspection Program (also called the re-list and re-measure). The Pawtucketville and Centralville Sections of the city have reached completion and Belvidere is almost complete.
These inspections are currently in process in the South Lowell and Highlands sections of the city. If you haven't already, you should see a member of our staff measuring and attempting to conduct an interior inspection over the new few months, depending upon the weather.
This cyclical program is mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. All Massachusetts Cities and Towns must manually check the accuracy of the assessment data of all properties approximately every 9 to 10 years. The program consists of assessing personnel measuring the outside of the property as well as conducting an interior inspection of the property. This actually ensures that the information in the assessment system is consistent with the actual property and ultimately ensures accurate tax assessments. The assessors office will not force a property owner to allow such an inspection, however, a refusal of inspection can and will result in a denial of any local assessment appeal.
All assessing personnel will wear an identification card. If they do not clearly show an identification card with them, do not allow the interior inspection and call the Assessors Office at 978 674-1102. Currently there are four members of the staff conducting these inspections; two women, Karen and May, and two men, Joel and Ryan..
FY2013 Tax Rates
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- Use the assessors database to look up real estate parcel details and assessments.
All forms may be downloaded, completed and submitted to the Assessing Department. The property owner's signature must be on the form in order to process the request.
- MV Abatement Request Form
Download, complete the form and mail it to the Assessors with all documentation necessary according to the application.
Affidavits of Address for Property
City Council Ordinance requires that property owners file an Affidavit of Address upon the purchase of a property and/or when there is a change in the owner mailing address or other information.
- Change of Address Form
This form should be filed initally upon the purchase of a property and/or when there is a change in the mailing address for the tax or utility bills.
- Form of List
To be filled out by all businesses located in the City of Lowell annually between January 1 and March 1.
(Personal property schedules are not open to public inspection)
Massachusetts Tax Form 3 ABC
Every organization seeking exemption pursuant to M.G.L. c.59, s.5 cl.3 must file a Form 3ABC with the assessors annually on or before March 1st. The filing of this form titled "Return of Property Held for Charitable and Other Purposes" is a state tax form and the filing is mandated by statute and cannot be waived by the assessors.
Income & Expense Forms
M.G.L. Ch. 59, s.38D titled "Written Return of Information to Determine Valuation of Real Property" A board of assessors may request the owner or lessee of any real property to make written return under oath within sixty (60) days containing such information as may reasonably be required by it to determin the actual fair cash valuation of such property. Failure of an owner or lessee to furnish this information shall bar him from any statutory appeal under this chapter. In ddition, if the owner fails to submit such information within the time and in the form prescribed, in addition to other penalties, there shall be added to the real tax levied upon the property in question for the next ensuiing tax year the amount of fifty dollars on residential property, and five hundred dollars on commerical and industrial property.
- STATUTORY TAX EXEMPTIONS: (Online July 1st through March 31st)
Must be downloaded, completed, signed and submitted to the Board of Assessors annually. Any application filed outside of this timeframe must autmatically be denied.
- Widows and Widowers (Cl. 17E)
- Disabled Veterans (Cl. 22)
- Other Exemptions - Applications may be mailed, upon request, or picked up in the Assessors Office
- Hardship Exemption (Cl. 18)
- Temporary Hardship Exemption (Cl. 18A)
- Widow(er) of Police or Fire
- Elderly & Disabled (Annual file date: January 1st through March 31st)