The mission of the Wakefield Assessing Department is to provide fiscal stability by promptly, fairly, and equitably determining the valuation of all real and personal property located in the Town of Wakefield.
The assessing department is obligated under law to assess all property at its full and fair market value as of January 1 of each year for the purpose of taxation. This is accomplished through the maintenance and administration of all property tax data records. In addition, the department also administers motor vehicle excise taxes, real, personal, and motor vehicle excise tax abatements, betterments, water liens, and all statutory tax exemptions as allowed by law.
New! Wakefield Senior Discount Program
Recently, Governor Baker signed the Wakefield Home Rule Petition for Senior Tax Relief. While originally passed by Town Meeting in 2018, final passage was delayed in the legislature as several cities and towns attempted to follow our lead. As a result, Wakefield will match 100% of the Senior Circuit Breaker Income Tax Credit received by Wakefield residents. Learn about the program.
Annual Tax Exemption Applications
Due to COVID‐19 and limited public access to the Town Hall, FY21 Exemption Applications can be printed via the links below and mailed or dropped off at the box located at the main entrance of Town Hall.
General information, income and asset limitations, and additional requirements for all exemptions can be reviewed here.
Note: Applications will not be accepted until after July 1, 2020.
- Veteran Exemption Application: Please include your Service Connected Disability letter. If 100 percent disabled, you must also complete this Disabled Veteran Exemption Form.
- Senior Exemption Application: Please include income and assets as of the end of calendar year 2019. First time applicants must include a copy of their 2019 taxes and driver’s license or birth certificate.
- Blind Exemption Application: Please include your certification from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.
- Surviving Spouse or Minor Exemption Application: Please include income and assets as of the end of calendar year 2019. First time applicants must include a copy of their 2019 taxes and driver’s license or birth certificate.
- Senior +65 Tax Deferral Application: Please include income and assets as of the end of calendar year 2019. First time applicants must complete the Tax Deferral and Recovery Agreement and include a copy of their 2019 taxes and driver’s license or birth certificate.
Read the latest article from Victor Santaniello that reviews the 2020 property tax rates and provides insights into how they were calculated.
Fiscal year 2020 tax rates:
- Residential: $12.77
- Commercial/Industrial/Personal: $24.92
Utilize this form to reach our office staff.
|Victor Santaniello||Director||(781) 246-6380|
|Scott Morrison||Assistant Assessor|