What is the penalty for failure to file or filing late?
There is a penalty for failing to file the Form of List pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 59, Section 64. If you do not file a Form of List for the fiscal year, the assessors cannot grant an abatement. If you show a reasonable excuse for filing late, the tax assessed cannot be reduced lower than 150% of the amount that would have been assessed if the list had been timely filed. In that case, only the amount over that percentage can be abated. You can avoid this penalty by filing on time.

M.G.L. Chapter 59

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1. What is personal property?
2. Who must pay this tax?
3. What property is taxable?
4. What is a Form of List?
5. Who must file a return?
6. When and where must my return be filed?
7. Can I get an extension of the filing deadline?
8. What is the penalty for failure to file or filing late?
9. What is the return used for and who has access to it?
10. Who is eligible for an abatement?
11. What property is exempt?