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Plympton taxpayers recently received the first tax bill mailing in a new format called a preliminary bill that is based on the FY16 valuation and tax rate. The bill contains two payment vouchers: one payment is due Aug. 1st, the second payment is due Nov. 1st.
The amount of the preliminary bill reflects the FY16 total tax liability after any adjustments or significate increases in valuation due to new construction. Every taxpayer is responsible for making the payments on time and in the proper amount.
At the 2015 Annual Town Meeting, the Collector of Taxes recommended the town adopt Quarterly Tax billing. Under the old system, the tax bills were sent out twice a year, in October and April, payments were due in November 1 and May 1. However, due to difficulties correlating cash flow with municipal payments Plympton decided to follow the majority of cities and towns in Massachusetts and switch to quarterly billing. Taxpayers will make four smaller tax payments thus providing a quarterly cash flow rather than a semi-annual cash flow under the old system. The tax amount paid will be the same under either system.
The second mailing on or before December 31, 2016 will be the FY17 actual tax bill, and will reflect the actual total tax due for FY2017 fiscal year and the DOR certified valuation. The first two payments will be reflected as a credit on the actual bill. The actual bill will contain two payment vouchers: one payment due February 1, 2017, the second payment due May 1, 2017.
Exemption applications may be submitted after September 1st and are due on or before December 15, 2016. The exemption amount will not be reflected on the actual bill unless the applications are submitted prior to Nov. 15th and the Board of Assessors grants them prior to the mailing of the FY2017 actual bill. Under the new quarterly billing system, abatement applications must be filed on or before February 1, 2017 or thirty days from the date of mailing of the actual tax bill.