Understanding Massachusetts Property Taxes

Overview of Massachusetts Taxes

Massachusetts collects a total of $77,412,790,000 in revenue every year. Of that, $16,713,976,000 comes from property taxes, or 21.6% of total revenue. As a result, Massachusetts has the 20th highest property tax rate in the country, which is 6.9% more than the national average of 1.06%. Generally speaking, states where property taxes make up a higher percentage of total state revenue have higher property tax rates, and states where property taxes make up a smaller percentage of state revenue have lower property tax rates.

How does this translate to what homeowners actually pay? The average home value across Massachusetts is $390,396, meaning the average Massachusetts homeowner pays 1.14% of their home value every year in property taxes, or $11.38 for every $1,000 in home value.

Property Tax Calendar

Massachusetts's property tax system is governed by state statute, which means that despite significant variation in what homeowners in different parts of Massachusetts, there are important constants. Massachusetts's assessment date, which is both the point in time when the owner of a property is liable for property tax and the point in time at the property's value is determined, is January 1. Massachusetts property tax appeals, which allow homeowners to contest the assessment, varies by locality. The date which property tax bills become due on is August 1, Novemeber 1, February 1, and May 1.

Property Tax Calculator

If you are are a current homeowner in Massachusetts or are looking at buying a specific property in Massachusetts, check out our Massachusetts Property Tax Calculator to determine if you should consider appealing your property tax assessment.

Property Tax Tool

If you are planning to buy a home in Massachusetts and want to understand the size of your property tax bill, check out our Massachusetts Property Tax Tool to see what your bill would be.

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Property Tax Information for Massachusetts Counties

The table below will help provide more information about how property taxes work in each county in Massachusetts.

County Average Home Value Average Tax Bill Bill per $1,000
Barnstable County $455,108 $3,258 $7.20
Berkshire County $267,731 $2,982 $11.10
Bristol County $296,268 $3,242 $10.90
Dukes County $707,904 $3,818 $5.40
Essex County $402,770 $4,720 $11.70
Franklin County $244,566 $3,491 $14.30
Hampden County $222,663 $3,365 $15.10
Hampshire County $283,407 $3,826 $13.50
Middlesex County $478,092 $5,611 $11.70
Nantucket County $1,166,358 $4,315 $3.70
Norfolk County $488,781 $5,510 $11.30
Plymouth County $369,198 $4,343 $11.80
Suffolk County $455,615 $3,836 $8.40
Worcester County $281,876 $3,802 $13.50

Want to learn more about Massachusetts property taxes? Check out out our county-specific property tax pages linked below:

Barnstable County Berkshire County Bristol County
Dukes County Essex County Franklin County
Hampden County Hampshire County Middlesex County
Nantucket County Norfolk County Plymouth County
Suffolk County Worcester County

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