Tax Relief & Senior Tax Deferral

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As a resident of the Town of Swansea, do I qualify for any tax relief?

As a resident of the Town of Swansea, you may qualify for a tax exemption. An exemption releases an individual from the requirement to pay all or a fraction of his/her property tax obligations. Exemptions may be available to those individuals that meet the various requirements in the following categories:

Elderly - If you are married, over 70 have assets of no more than $40,000 (excluding the value of your domicile) and income does not exceed $30,000 per year or if you are single, over 70 have assets of no more than $30,000 (excluding the value of your domicile) and income does not exceed $20,000 per year, you may qualify for an elderly exemption. The amount of the exemption is $500 from your total property tax bill. You should contact the Assessor's office or Senior center for more information.

Blind -- If you are declared legally blind with the MA Commission for the Blind as of July 1st, you may qualify for a blind exemption.

Disabled Veteran/Surviving Spouse --If you are a disabled veteran with at least a 10 percent disablement or a surviving spouse of a disabled veteran, you may qualify for a veteran’s exemption.

Surviving Spouse/Minor Child(ren) of Police or Firefighter Killed in the Line of Duty -- You may wish to contact the Assessor’s Office if you feel you qualify for this exemption.

I am a senior citizen who does not qualify for the elderly exemption. Do I qualify for any other assistance?

Massachusetts law allows you to defer the payment of any or all of your real estate taxes if the property is your legal domicile and you are at least 65 years old and your total income is less then $20,000. These deferred taxes do not have to be paid until you pass away or sell the property. Please contact the assessor’s office for additional information.