NEW SALEM

ASSESSORS


Board of Assessors

Eric Hamm- Chair

David Briand

 

Kenneth Holmberg � Asst. Assessor


Town Hall Annex

24 South Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355

 

Phone:  (978) 544-5814

Email:   newsalemassessor@hotmail.com

 

Hours

2nd & 4th Tuesday:  7:00 PM

Wednesday:          9:00 AM - Noon

See the Assessors for:

        Questions regarding property valuations

        Tax Abatements

        Tax Exemptions

        Property cards or maps

FORM OF LIST REMINDER  (MARCH 1 DEADLINE)

 

The Assessors’ Office in each Massachusetts town is required to collect information on second homes, rental properties, businesses and all other taxable personal property located within town. 

 

Business Form of List (State Tax Form 2)

Incorporated and non-incorporated businesses  must report all equipment and machinery.  In addition, non-incorporated businesses must report inventory such as office furniture, filing cabinets, chairs, adding machines, computers, printers, motorized tools, etc.  Farm animals, unregistered motor vehicles and unregistered construction equipment must also be reported. If you depreciate the furnishings on your federal tax return, you or your accountant may already have an itemized list and you could attach that to the Form of List rather than filling out the tables on the form.

 

Household Form of List (2HF):

Owners of second homes, duplexes, etc. must report all furnishings and appliances including refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washers and driers, TV’s, lawnmowers, dishes, eating & cooking utensils, furniture, etc.  If you purchased your property furnished, and you were provided with a value for the contents of the home at the time of purchase you may submit that information (copy of purchase and sale agreement, appraisal, etc.) by attaching it to the form of list.  If your property is insured, the insurance company should be able to provide you with a list of the contents and their insured value OR a lump sum value for all of the contents. You may attach a letter from your insurance company or a copy of your insurance coverage page to the Form of List rather than filling out the tables on the form.

 

Forms  available from the assessors office (978-544-5814) and on our website.

 

 FY17 EXEMPTION REMINDER  APRIL 1ST DEADLINE

 

SENIOR EXEMPTIONS

Applications for elderly (65 and older)  property owners domiciled in New Salem who meet the income, and asset criteria for the 41-C and 17-D exemptions must be received no later than April 1, 2017


VETERANS EXEMPTIONS

Applications for veterans with documented disabilities must received by April 1st.

 

FY-17 Elderly (17-D and 41-C) Exemption Age, Income, and Asset Limits

The criteria for these two exemptions are listed below. Gross income is subject to a social security exemption allowance (i. e. we do not include this amount) of $4,523 for the retired worker (if single) with an additional $2,262 for his/her spouse. Total household income must be verifiable by tax returns and/or earnings statements. Assets include all bank accounts, IRA’s, stocks, investments, personal property, and real estate excluding primary residence.

 

Exemption

Amount

Minimum Age

Maximum income

Maximum Assets

17-D single / married

$175.00

70

No maximum

$40,000

41-C single

$1000

65

$20,000

$40,000

41-C married

$1000

65

$30,000

$55,000

 

Application forms  available from the assessors office (978-544-5814) and on our website.

FY16 Assessed value by owner

FAQS

Real Estate FAQs 


How are Assessments Determined?


Exemption FAQs


Exemption Forms

 

Abatement Information


Motor Vehicle FAQs


Motor Vehicle Excise and Abatements




Links


MainStreet GIS: New Salem Maps and Tax Information.

 

Motor Vehicle Excise Abatement Application

 

Real & Personal Property Abatement Application

 

Chapter 61A-B Annual Application Form (due 10/1)


Exemption Application

 

Exemption income and asset guidelines

 

Form of List


Brochure for Blind Exemption


Brochure for Charity Exemption


Brochure for Elderly Exemption


Brochure for Seniors, Surviving Spouse & Minor Child Exemption


Brochure for Veterans Exemption

                  

Assessors Mission & Objectives:

 

The mission of the Assessing Department is to serve the public interest and help assure the financial stability of New Salem by exhibiting the highest level of competence and professionalism.  To this end, the Departmentís staff pledges its efforts toward the accomplishment of four critical objectives:

 

        Timely tax billing.

        The attainment of tax equity whereby each taxpayer pays only their fair share of the tax burden.

        The maximization of tax base growth revenue.

        The acceptance by the public of the administration of the property and excise tax systems through prompt, courteous, honest and thorough services.