Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions:

When are the tax payments due?

Can I make a partial payment on my real estate bill?

Can I put more than one bill on the same check?

Where do I send my payments?

What happens if I do not pay my real estate tax bill?

What is the interest rate on a late bill?

Why should I pay fees and interest on a bill I never received?

Where can I change my mailing address for my tax bills?

Why is the former owner(s) name on my real estate tax bill?

How can I obtain information on how much I paid in taxes for a certain year?

Can I get tax information online?

How much does a Municipal Lien Certificate cost?

What information is needed in requesting a Municipal Lien Certificate?

 

 

When are the tax payments due?

Our Fiscal Year does not run congruent with the calendar year; it starts July 1st and ends June 30th the Real Estate and Personal Property Tax due dates are as follows:

Quarter 1 runs July 1st through September 30th – tax payments are due August 1st

Quarter 2 runs October 1st through December 31st – tax payments are due November 1st

Quarter 3 runs January 1st through March 31st – tax payments are due February 1st

Quarter 4 runs April 1st through June 30th – tax payments are due May 1st

*If the first falls on a weekend the due date is the following Monday.* 

 

Can I make a partial payment on my real estate bill?

Partial Payments are accepted on real estate taxes, however, the amount must be at least ten percent (10%) of the balance due.

 

Can I put more than one bill on the same check?

Yes, multiple current tax bills can be paid with one check just be sure to send in the bills so we know how to apply the funds correctly.

 

Where do I send my payments?

On-time Real Estate and Personal Property bills may be sent into our payment processing center as long as the bill is sent in with the payment. 

That address is:

Town of Bourne
P.O. Box 862
Reading, MA 01867-0407

 

For any other bill type, if it is past the due date or if you do not have the bill to send with the payment (i.e.. internet banking payments) please send those payments directly to our office for processing. 

That address is:

Town of Bourne Collector
24 Perry Avenue
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

 

You can make online payments here using our Invoice Cloud website.

 

You can also bring payments in directly to our office.

 

What happens if I do not pay my real estate tax bill?

At the end of the Fiscal year (last payment of the year is Due on May 1st) if there is an outstanding balance on your real estate tax bill the Town will issue a demand for payment and fees and interest will be incurred. 

 

If the demand for payment is not satisfied the Town will start the Tax Title process.

For an overview of the Tax Title procedure please click here

 

What is the interest rate on a late bill?

Real Estate, Personal Property and Sewer – Interest rate of 14% per annum will accrue on overdue payments from the due date until payment is made. 

 

Excise – Interest accrues on any unpaid balance due until the date of payment at a rate of 12% per annum.

 

**Please note that unpaid bills are subject to demand and other penalty fees so balance due amounts should be verified by contacting our office.**

 

 

Why should I pay fees and interest on a bill I never received?

Under state law, failure to receive a bill does not affect the validity of the tax or any interest or fines incurred due to late payment(s).  It is the responsibility of the taxpayer to secure his/her bill when one is not received. If you would like further information on this you can read the Massachusetts General Law Chapter 60 Section 3 here.

 

Where can I change my mailing address for my tax bills?

For Real Estate, Personal Property and Boat Excise bills you may change your address with a written request sent in to the Assessor’s Office. You can find an address change form here.

Town of Bourne Assessor’s Office
24 Perry Avenue
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

 

You may also email your request to the Assessor’s Office here.

 

For Vehicle Excise bills you must contact the Registry of Motor Vehicles to change your mailing address. You may change it online here or you may print out the change of address form here and mail it in to the registry.

 

For Sewer bills you may change your address by contacting the Sewer Department at (508)759-0600 ext. 503

 

For Mooring and Marina bills you may change your address by contacting the Department of Natural Resources at (508) 759-0600 ext. 504

 

 

Why is the former owner(s) name on my real estate tax bill?

The tax bill is assessed to the owner of record as of January 1st which is the assessment date for the fiscal year.  It is very important that during the closing of the property the Town is notified of ownership and mailing address changes.  Copies of deeds must be made available to the Town for proper changes of ownership.  Taxes are prorated at the closing between the buyer and seller.  Property may be transferred several times within a fiscal year.

 

 

How can I obtain information on how much I paid in taxes for a certain year?

You must submit a written request (please use our request form here) to our office either by mail at:

 

Town Collector
Town of Bourne
24 Perry Avenue
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

 

Or you may email us here

 

We will get back to you at our earliest convenience with the information you requested.  Please make sure to include your phone number if you would like to pick up the information or a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like it mailed back to you.  Please be aware that there may be a charge depending on how long it takes us to collect the information - see request form for details.

 

Can I get tax information online?

Yes, our online system Unipay Gold can show you a copy of your current tax bill if you sign up for an account. To receive email payment reminders you must create an account. 

 

How much does a Municipal Lien Certificate cost?

The cost of a Municipal Lien Certificate is $50.00 per parcel.

 

What information is needed in requesting a Municipal Lien Certificate?

Name, address and contact information of requestor
Self-addressed stamped envelope (if you want certificate to be mailed back)
Address of property being requested
Map and parcel of property
Name of Assessed Owners

 

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