National Guard Exemption
If you apply for a National Guard exemption, you must submit your application by April 1 of the current tax year. However, if you were serving outside the United States at the time of the filing deadline, you may receive a filing extension per federal law. Please contact the Assessing Department for more information.
You may be eligible for this exemption if:
- You are a member of the National Guard or Military Reserve on active duty serving in a foreign country on or after July 1, the start of the fiscal year.
- You own the property as your primary residence, and your ownership interest in the property is at least $2,000. Contact the Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center (TRAC) for more information about the ownership requirement.
Please provide these documents together with your application:
- your deployment order (DD Form 214), and
- if the property is owned in a trust, you must provide a copy of the trust and a notarized copy of the schedule of beneficiaries.
Apply for a Personal Exemption
Applications must be filed by April 1 of the current fiscal year.
If you have questions about the requirements for applying for an exemption, or want to know the status of your application, you can call the Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center at 617-635-4287.
Please note: A Fiscal Year takes place from July 1 through June 30 of the following year. For example, Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) would be July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024.
Complete your application
Applications can be downloaded after we issue third-quarter tax bills in December. To download an application, search for and find your property using the Assessing Online tool, then click the "Details" link:
The link to the application will be under the "Abatements/Exemptions" section. For more information on what's possible with Assessing Online, visit our explainer page.
You can also get an application by calling the Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center at 617-635-4287. Applications can also be completed at City Hall. Remember to bring any additional documents you need for your exemption application.
Submit your application
Bring or mail your completed application and supporting documents to the Assessing Department at City Hall:ASSESSING DEPARTMENT, ROOM 301
1 CITY HALL SQUARE
BOSTON, MA 02201