Important Notice to New Property Owners

The Town’s fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30. It is not a calendar year.

The Town uses a quarterly payment system for real estate and personal property taxes. Due dates for these payments are as follows:  

Due Date
August 1
November 1
February 1
May 1

The Town mails a two part "preliminary tax bill" in mid to late June and a two part "actual tax bill" in mid to late December. (2 mailings for 4 payments)

State law requires the taxpayer to locate the tax bill and pay in a timely manner. Delinquent accounts accrue interest at a rate of 14% per annum. If you have not received a bill by July 1 or January 1 please contact the Collector's Office at 617-898-4853.

The Board of Assessors is required by state law (Chapter 59 Section 11) to assess property taxes to the owner of record as of January 1 of the preceding fiscal year. Consequently, you may not receive a tax bill in your name for up to 18 months.

Under Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 59 Section 2D towns may make a pro rata tax assessment on the value of certain improvements to real estate made after the January 1 assessment date. The assessment is made only on those parcels for which an occupancy permit is issued during the fiscal year and the new construction increases the parcel value by more than 50%.

The Town of Milton bills water and sewer charges on a quarterly basis; you should receive a bill every three months. Please contact the Water/Sewer Department (617-898-4879) to make changes to the name and mailing address of water/sewer, stormwater, and trash fee bills.

Most motor vehicle excise tax bills are mailed in February or March. State law requires that you notify the Registry of Motor Vehicles of any change of address, since the Registry generates all motor vehicle excise bills for all municipalities in the Commonwealth.

We hope this information is helpful. Please call us if you have any questions.