Senior and Veteran's Property Tax Work-Off Program

The Program
The Town of Billerica offers seniors the opportunity to apply for the Senior Property Tax Work-Off Program to receive a $750 property tax relief benefit by helping municipal departments and schools.  The benefit is applied to property taxes when the hours are completed.  Minimum wage is $10.00 an hour and seniors have the opportunity to volunteer 75 hours to get a $750 property tax relief benefit.   Married couples may work together to complete 75 hours.

Veterans
The Town of Billerica also offers honorably discharged Veterans who own and reside in a Billerica property, or their proxies, to earn the same tax credit as those in the Senior Property Tax Work-Off program.  Qualifications and benefits mirror those in the Senior Property Tax Work-Off program.

Applications
Applications for both programs will be available at the senior center starting May 2, 2016 through October 31, 2016. The program runs from July 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017.

Asset Qualification
The qualifications for participation in the Senior Property Tax Work-Off Program will remain the same as last year. Asset valuation is one of the determining factors to participate.  The Town Assessor’s office makes the determination for asset eligibility. Assets include:
  • Checking Account(s)
  • Savings Account(s)
  • IRA(s)
  • Mutual Fund(s)
  • Stocks
  • Bonds
  • All Registered Motor Vehicles
  • Any other Real Estate owned other than current residence.
Other Requirements
  • You must be age 60 or older and a Billerica homeowner, living in the home. 
  • Your name must be on the deed, with no plans to sell or transfer the deed on your house before February 2017.
  • Hours must be completed by February 28, 2017.
  • W-4 and CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) forms are part of the application (a copy of a picture ID is required for the CORI).
  • For the Veteran's Property Tax Work-Off Program, you must be an honorably or medically discharged veteran and provide a certification of veteran's status (DD214).
The Senior Property Tax Work-Off Program and the Veteran's Property Tax Work-Off Program are administered by the Council on Aging in conjunction with the Town Manager, Assessor, Treasurer, and Accounting offices.  

Additional Information and Applications
Applications will be available at the Senior Center beginning May 2, 2016.  If you have any questions concerning these guidelines, or need more information about the program, please contact Bonnie Courtemanche at the Senior Center 978-671-0916.