||Chair, Board of Assessors
1305 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
General Phone Number: 617-376-1170
The Assessing Department of the City of Quincy is responsible for:
- Maintaining and updating the Real Estate Data Records of the City
- Maintaining the Real Estate Ownership records of the city
- Maintaining the Personal (Business) Property records of the City
- Classifying Real Estate as Residential, Commercial, Industrial, or Open Space
- Determining the Full Fair Cash Value of Real Estate for the purpose of taxation
- Administering the Motor Vehicle and Boat Excise Taxes for the city
- Administering Abatements, Exemptions and Deferrals in accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws
The Assessing Department reviews deed recordings for the City as provided by the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, looking for ownership and other changes, subdivisions, mergers, etc. and updates the City records accordingly. The department reviews properties for which a building permit has been issued by the city, to determine what changes or additions have been made and updates the property valuation accordingly. Department staff also visits businesses to audit personal property and to determine ownership changes.
Real estate and Personal property are valued as of January 1st of the calendar year for the Fiscal Year which runs from July 1st to June 30th of the following year.
The City bills quarterly, with the first and second notice of taxes due sent out as preliminary tax bills based on the prior years' taxes. These bills are issued July 1st and October 1st respectively and are due in 30 days.
The third tax bill is known as the "actual tax bill" and is issued January 1st. It reflects the tax rate resulting from the classification shift proposed by the mayor and approved by City Council, the new Fiscal Year valuations and the total tax for the year. The City cannot set the tax rate until the valuations and the recap sheet are approved by the Department of Revenue.
The fourth and final bill for the Fiscal Year is issued April 1st. The property tax amounts due for the third and fourth quarters reflect any tax increase for the Fiscal Year.
The issuance of the third bill triggers the time limits for the abatement process. If a taxpayer has a dispute with their valuation or questions the description of their property, they should file an abatement application. The abatement application must be filed in the Assessors office no later than February 1st or have a United States Post Office postmark of no later than February 1st.
Real estate, Personal Property and Motor Vehicle excise tax bills are due in 30 days. Boat excise tax bills are due in 60 days. Exemptions and deferrals may be filed under the various statutes, no later than three months from the issuance of the third (actual) tax bill. Abatement, exemption and deferral applications must be on approved forms. For details on these, see the links on the left sidebar under "Municipal Taxes".
All applications are available in the Assessor's Office during regular business hours. They are also available for downloading on the left sidebar under "Assessor's Forms".