Real Estate Tax FAQ

Real Estate Taxes
What are Real Estate Taxes?
Real estate is the physical land and all that’s affixed to it. The tax on it is an ad valorem (based on value) tax and funds the local government.

Approximately 74.5% of the Town of Plympton’s budget (including schools) is funded through property tax.

How are Real Estate Taxes Calculated?

It is the responsibility of the Assessors’ Office to establish the taxable valuation of each individual piece of property in the Town. However, the Assessors do not create value. Buyers and sellers create the value via their transactions in the marketplace. The Assessors have the legal and moral responsibility to study those transactions and assess the property accordingly.

At Town Meeting each year a budget is voted on by Town Residents taking into account the limits of Propostion 2 ½, and how much money will be needed to meet all appropriations and other expenses. The Assessors have no control over the town’s budget.

The difference between the amount approved and the money received from other revenue sources (i.e., state aid, licensing fees, permits, automobile excise) must be raised by property taxation.

The valuation assessments are developed independently from the budget and are used only in the last step of the budgeting process to distribute the Tax Levy. Changing property values does not affect the overall Tax Levy, but it does redistribute the levy. The Assessors calculate the annual tax rate as a means to distribute the Town’s budget obligations.

The tax rate is calculated by taking the total tax to be levied and dividing it by the total valuation of taxable property. This results in a tax rate expressed in dollars per thousand dollars of valuation.

Fiscal Year 2016:

Total Tax Levy:                  $8,490,493.55
Total Assessed Value:       $480,775,399
Tax Rate per $1,000:             = $17.66  
How do I dispute my Real Estate Tax Bill if I think the property value is too high?
The appeal process for disputing your property tax bill is via the Abatement Procedure. The application is available at the Assessors' Office at the Town House, or by clicking here, and must be filed within 30 days of the mailing of the ACTUAL tax bill (September), but no later than the close of business on November 1st. No abatement can be granted unless the application is filed on time.

If you think your assessed value is wrong, you must provide your opinion of value on the abatement application. You may attach an appraisal to the application to support your opinion of value, but realize it is another appraiser’s assumption and may have been influenced by the purpose of the appraisal.

The Board of Assessors has 90 days from the date the application was received to act on the appeal. Each and every appeal will receive written notification of the Assessors' action.

Filing an appeal does not put your tax payment on hold. Tax payments need to be rendered in a timely manner in order to protect further appeal rights to the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board. Any abatements to taxes are adjusted on the fourth quarter bill. If there has been an overpayment, a refund is generated at the close of the fiscal year (June 30th).

If you are dissatisfied with the decision of the Board of Assessors, you may file an appeal to the Appellate Tax Board. This must be done within three months of the Assessors' decision.
How do I pay my Real Estate Taxes?
Real Estate taxes are billed and payable  quarterly over the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). The due dates are August 1, and November 1, February 1, and May 1 (or the Monday that follows these dates if they fall on a weekend).

By Mail: Send a check and the payment stub in the envelope provided or to: Tax Collector, P.O. Box 846147, Boston, MA 02284-6147. Please do not include any other correspondence as this envelope goes directly to the bank for immediate deposit.

On-line: on-line bill pay.

In person: If you want a receipt or simply want to pay in person, come to the Plympton Town Hall, 5 Palmer Road, Treasurer/Collector’s office between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Mon - Thurs, and Mon eve from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Questions regarding the payment of your bill can be directed to the Treasurer/Collector at 781 585-0409.

How do I change the mailing address for my real estate tax bill?

It is important to note that this address will be used for all notices mailed from Town House as related to real estate records. Although address changes will be accepted via e-mail, it is important to note that Ownership and/or name changes cannot be processed through e-mail. A recorded deed or other legal document must be provided.

Click here to send an address change request via e-mail.

Please provide the following information when submitting your request:

1. Property Location
2. Effective Date
3. Owner/Co-Owner
4. If not the owner, relationship to owner
5. New Mailing Address
6. Telephone