What is the current tax rate?
The tax rate for fiscal 2017 is $17.39 per thousand of assessed value. This is the rate for both commercial and residential property.
When are tax bills mailed and payments due?
Tax bills are mailed three times per year and due quarterly. The 1st and 2nd quarters are mailed on or about June 30th. The first quarter is due on August 1st and the second quarter is due on November 1st. The 3rd quarter is mailed on or by December 31st. The third quarter is due on February 1st. The 4th quarter is mailed on or by March 31st. The fourth quarter is due on May 1st. If the first falls on a weekend, the bills are due the following Monday.
Where should I mail my tax payment?
Please send your payment and remittance slip to:
Town of Northborough
63 Main Street
Northborough, MA 01532-1937
Please make checks payable to the Town of Northborough and mail in the envelope provided with your bill.
To obtain a receipt, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope and both the payment coupon and receipt portion of your bill.
What should I do in the event I do not receive my bill?
You should contact the Collector’s Office at 508-393-5045 to request a replacement bill.
What happens if I do not pay my bill on time?
The payments must be received on or before the due date to avoid interest charges. If payment is not made, the account will begin to accrue interest at the rate of 14% per annum, computed from the date the bill was due. A demand notice will be sent after the fourth quarter due date each fiscal year. A demand fee of $5.00 will be charged against the account in addition to the interest. If the account remains delinquent after June 30th of the fiscal year, a tax lien will be placed on the property and recorded with the Registry of Deeds. A tax lien is the first step in the foreclosure process.
Why should I pay interest on a late payment if I never received my bill?
Under state law, failure to receive a bill does not affect the validity of the tax or any interest or fines incurred due to late payment. It is the responsibility of the taxpayer to secure his/her tax bill when one is not received. If you do not receive a bill, you must contact the Collector’s office at 508-393-5045 for a statement. However, you must call before the due date of the bill.
What do I need to do if my mortgage company pays my taxes?
If a bank or mortgage company escrows your taxes, you must insure that they make timely payments. Most banks use a tax service that will notify them directly of the amount they need to pay for your taxes. However, if you have recently purchased, refinanced or have a mortgage company that does not use a tax service, it will be up to you to notify them by forwarding your tax bill to them. Your mortgage company can tell you if you need to send them the bill and where to send it.
For more information…
Questions about valuation or abatement requests can be directed to the Assessor’s Office at 508-393-5005. Questions about payments or balances can be directed to the Tax Collector’s Office at 508-393-5045.