WHITMAN — The Town of Whitman is reminding residents of the town’s May 20 posting regarding tax bills.
Under “An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting From COVID-19,” Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, the Town of Whitman has adopted local options to extend due dates for applications for exemptions and a waiver of interest on certain municipal tax and other bills paid by June 29, 2020.
The due date for applications for property tax exemptions has been extended to June 1, 2020. June 1 is the new due date even if the due date for applications on your previously mailed tax bill is April 1, 2020.
This extension applies to applications for the exemptions listed in the third paragraph of G.L. c. 59, § 59, including exemptions under clauses 17, 17C, 17C1/2 and 17D (seniors, surviving spouses, minor children of deceased parent); 18 (financial hardship – activated military, age and infirmity); 22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 22D, 22E, 22F and 22H (veterans, surviving spouses and surviving parents); 37 and 37A (blind persons); 41, 41B, 41C and 41C1/2 (seniors); 42 and 43 (surviving spouse and minor children of firefighter/police officer killed in line of duty); 52 (certain eligible seniors); 53 (certain eligible properties with septic systems); 56 (National Guard and reservists on active duty in foreign countries); and 57 (local option tax rebates). This extension also automatically applies to applications for residential exemptions under G.L. c. 59, § 5C, for small commercial exemptions under G.L. c. 59, § 5I and for deferrals under G.L. c. 59, § 5, clauses 41A (seniors) and 18A (poverty or financial hardship due to change to active military).
The town has also voted to waive interest and other penalty for late payment of any excise, tax, betterment assessment or apportionment thereof, water rate or annual sewer use or other charge added to a tax for any payments with a due date on or after March 10, 2020 where payment is made late but before June 30, 2020. This applies to late payments of bills that have a due date of March 10, 2020 or after, when such bills are paid late but paid on or before June 30. This waiver of interest does not apply to bills with due dates before March 10, 2020 or if the bill is not paid by June 30.
NOTE – If the municipal offices are closed on the June 1, 2020 extended due date for filing of exemption applications as a result of the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus or the declaration of a state of emergency issued by the governor on March 10, 2020, the due dates for tax payments and applications for exemptions are not extended – applications for exemptions will be due on June 1, 2020 even if the municipal offices are closed. (See section 10(b) of the Act.)
Payments may be submitted by mail, online through our web site www.whitman-ma.gov or by dropping payment into our payment lockbox on the wall opposite the handicap door at the bottom of the handicap ramp on the east side of Town Hall. Do not place cash in this drop box.
Questions regarding payment may be directed to the Town Collector at 781-618-9720 or via email to [email protected]