Tax Information

TAX COUNSELING STARTS IN FEBRUARY

AARP is consolidating their resources this year. As a result, tax preparation will not be offered at the Norwell COA. Instead, you are asked to make an appointment at one of the following locations:

This is simple tax preparation only. You will need to bring last year's taxes (2008), any 1099 forms and any other pertinent information for 2009.

SENIOR WORK PROGRAM

The Senior Work Program provides residents age 60 and older the opportunity to complete up to 111 hours of work to receive up to $1,000 reduction in real estate taxes.

ELDERLY EXEMPTIONS PROGRAM

There are some exemptions available through the Norwell Assessor's office that could benefit you as a taxpayer in town. The exemptions/clauses include:

  • Clause 17E: Older Citizens, 70 and over or surviving spouse, $175;
  • Clause 41D: Older Citizens, 70 and over, $1,000  (approved at the special town meeting;)
  • Clause 41A: Tax Deferral, 65 and over,  to defer all or a  portion of your taxes;
  • Clause 18: Hardship exemption, issued by the Board of Assessor's.

All of the exemptions have specific and varied requirements. Please call the Norwell Assessor's Office at 781-659-8014 for information and an application. Applications must be returned by March 1, 2009. COA staff will gladly help you complete the form.

CIRCUIT BREAKER TAX

Taxpayers, 65 or older, may be eligible to claim a credit on their state income tax for real estate taxes paid on the primary residential property, owned or rented in Massachusetts. For tax year 2015, the maximum credit is $960 for both homeowners and renters. To learn more about the credit and requirements, please call the COA 781-659-7878 or the Department of Revenue at 1-800-392-6089.