I sold my vehicle or no longer own it. What should I do?
You may be entitled to an abatement if:

You sold your vehicle
and RETURNED your license plates to the Registry of Motor Vehicles or TRANSFERRED the
license plates to another vehicle, you may be entitled to an abatement (tax reduction).

You
must contact the Board of Assessors and apply for your abatement.

Excise Tax abatements are calculated by month. Selling your vehicle and returning the license plates
after December
1st
of the tax year will not result in a tax reduction. Selling your vehicle and transferring the license plates to a new
vehicle after December 1st will result in a 1 month reduction in Excise Taxes. This is because you will be assessed for
your new vehicle beginning December 1st.

When possible it is better to transfer your plate from vehicle to vehicle. If you turn in your old license plate and put a new
license plate on your new vehicle you will be taxed to the end of the month on your old vehicle and taxed from the
beginning of the month on your new vehicle.

NO ABATEMENT CAN BE GRANTED FOR LESS THAN $5.00.

It is important to understand that Excise Taxes are assessed based on vehicle valuation and the time you have the
license plates. If you sell your vehicle in December but do not return your license plates to the Registry of Motor
Vehicles until January, you will be assessed a tax for another year and will have to apply for an abatement based on
when you actually cancelled the registration. The
abatement will be based on your plate return receipt date that is
issued from the Registry when you return your license plates or cancel them online.


If you think that you are entitled to an abatement, you should call the corresponding Assessor's Office.


Canton Board of Assessors.............................781.821.5008
Hopedale Board of Assessors.............508.634.2203 ext 214
Medfield Board of Assessors............. 508.359.8505  ext 621
Millis Board of Assessors................................ 508.376.7049
Norwood Board of Assessors.......................... 781.762.1240
Raynham Board of Assessors...........................508.824.2704


The Tax Collector can not grant an abatement. Only the Board of Assessors can.