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Reasons to Buy in Boston | The Residential Tax Exemption



It’s the most wonderful time of year! Tax season is in full swing. While you’re busy filing and figuring things out, here’s something to consider:

  • If you own and occupy a property as a primary resident in the City of Boston you may qualify for a residential tax exemption that could result in significant savings.
  • For FY 2021: the residential exemption saves qualified Boston homeowners $3,153.02 on their tax bill.
  • A residential exemption reduces your tax bill by excluding a portion of the value of the property from taxation.
  • How’s it calculated? The residential exemption is the dollar value that is exempt from taxation. For example: if the residential exemption value were $100,000, a home with an assessed value of $300,000 would be taxed on just $200,000 of value. This exemption value, when multiplied by the current residential tax rate, represents the dollar savings amount of the exemption.
  • Last December, the City of Boston set the FY 2021 residential tax rate at $10.67 per thousand in assessed value.

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For Example...

A buyer purchases a condo in Back Bay which will be her primary residence.

The City of Boston assessing department values the condo at $600,000. 

The tax bill is calculated as follows:

$10.67  tax rate per thousand

x 600                                          

$6,402  total tax bill 

Deduct the residential exemption of $3,153.02 and the effective annual tax bill will be only $3,248.98 





  • For current homeowners your 3rd quarter tax bill will show 2021 assessments, tax rates and residential exemptions.
  • Your primary residence is the address from which you file your state income tax return.
  • If you think you might may qualify for a residential exemption, please be aware that the application must be filed with the assessing department by April 1 2021.
  • Check out the additional requirements here

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