Town Manager: Ashland To Provide Tax Relief To Residents

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ASHLAND – “Many of you have expressed concern around your ability to pay local tax bills that are due during this difficult time. I am sensitive to this concern, as is the Select Board, and so our finance team has been working hard to figure how we can provide some level of relief to Ashland taxpayers,” announced Ashland Town Manager Michael Herbert last night.

Excise Tax Bills are due March 30.

“If you are finding it difficult to make this payment, we will not be charging interest, demand fees, or other fees until May 1, 2020. This effectively extends the due date by over a month. As a reminder, all online bank charges and convenience fees have been waived,” said Town Manager Herbert.

Herbert said he will be “asking the Select Board to extend the due date for 4th Quarter Real Estate tax bills by a month to June 1, 2020. This is dependent upon legislation being passed at the state level. Again, all online bank charges and fees have been waived.”

The Town Manager also said he will be asking the Ashland Select Board to extend the date that abatement applications are due to June 1, 2020.

Governor Baker announced yesterday, the due date for state income taxes will be extended from April 15 to July 15, to match the federal tax bills.

“Although we know that local taxes and fees are only a part of the taxes and expenses that residents have to be concerned about, we hope this provides at least some level of assistance,” said Herbert

“My team is looking for other ways we can provide assistance to residents in these uncertain times, and there are several organizations that are looking to do the same,” said the Ashland Town Manager. 

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