Statutory Tax Exemptions and Explanations for Veterans
City of Medford – Board of Assessors Tax Exemption and Tax Deferral Programs
Property Tax Assistance: The following is a summary of exemptions and the tax deferral program currently available in the City of Medford. If you believe you meet the requirements for one of these exemptions, please contact the Assessing Department. You have until April 1, 2020 to apply for these programs.
Click here to see a list of all statutory exemptions and read below to see the ones specifically for veterans.
Clause 22 to 22E – Disabled Veterans
An honorably discharged veteran who lived in Massachusetts 6 months prior to enrollment in service or 5 years prior to applications for exemption AND who has a war service connected disability of 10% Or greater; OR is a recipient of the Purple Heart, Congressional Medal Of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy or Air Force Cross; or is a parent or an unmarried surviving spouse of a veteran who lost their life in wartime service. There are no income or asset requirements. Variable Amounts $800 to 100% of Tax
Clauses 22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 22D, 22E and 22F provide exemptions to some veterans, their spouses who own the domicile and their surviving spouses, and some surviving parents and spouses of active duty military personnel who died during or due to military service.
Click here to view a document outline the details of M.G.L. c. 59, § 5 Clauses 22, & 22A-F. The amounts outlined in the State document are half of what Medford gives in abatements to Veterans and Survivors.
The Medford City Council recently approved our City’s local option to double the tax abatement to assist disabled veterans (M.G.L. c 59 §5, clause 41C and eligible veterans under M.G.L. c 59 §5, clause 22a-f). The vote passed unanimously through the council on MAY 21st, 2019. Those interested in viewing the vote can access the recording at here. Medford is the first city in decades to pass their local option to provide financial relief to these at-risk populations by updating our allowable tax abatement amounts which provide property tax relief.