WILMINGTON, MA — On Monday night, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen did what it could to help taxpayers during the COVID-19 crisis.
Town Manager Jeff Hull noted that while the state generally sets tax policy, recent legislation passed on Beacon Hill and signed by the Governor (“Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020”) does give cities and towns the ability to extend due dates for real and personal property tax bills and applications for exemptions, as well as waive interest and penalties on certain late payments.
“These measures are definitely appropriate in light of the circumstances we find ourselves with many people out of work or furloughed,” said Hull. “This won’t solve the problem, but this is one measure to perhaps ease some of the pressure.”
The Wilmington Board of Selectmen “unanimously and enthusiastically” voted to adopt the following provisions:
- Extend due date of property tax bills from May 1, 2020 to June 1, 2020
- Extend due date for applications for exemptions from April 1, 2020 to June 1, 2020.
- Waive interest and other penalties for late payment of any excise tax, water rate, or annual sewer use for any payments with a due date on or after March 10, 2020, where payment is made after its respective due date but before June 30, 2020.
Hull noted these new deadlines reflect the latest dates the state will allow cities and towns to extend to.
“The state is doing what it can be make it a bit easier for folks. A lot of people are hurting in a lot of different ways,” added Selectman Jonathan Eaton. “We’ll continue to monitor what’s going on at the State House to ensure folks here in Wilmington have some avenues of support.”
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