The Treasurer's office acts as the receiver and disburser of all public funds and is charged with the sound investment, management, and safekeeping of said funds. In addition, the department is responsible for the collection of tax titles, reconciliation of bank accounts, warrants, long and short-term investments, long and short-term borrowing, income tax reporting, and medical insurance records for retired employees.
The Collector's office is responsible for the collection of all assessed taxes in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws. Issues and collects real estate tax, personal property tax, motor vehicle excise, and utility bills as well as issuing Municipal Lien Certificates.
The Tax Collector's Office distributes and collects the real estate, personal property, water and motor vehicle bills to the residents of the Town of Groveland.
All Municipal Lien Certificates cost $25.00 per parcel, checks made out to "Town of Groveland". Any requests must be made in writing, and include a self addressed stamped envelope for return service.
Payments may be sent to: Tax Collector’s Office, 183 Main Street, Groveland, MA 01834, dropped off at the town hall “security drop box” located to the right of the doors entering town hall, or personally delivered to the Tax Collector's office during normal business hours, Monday 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday through Thursday 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M, and Fridays 8:00 P.M. - 12:00 P.M.
As part of departmental policy, the staff will perform their duties in a courteous, professional manner towards the taxpayers and the public in general.
Real Estate & Personal Property Tax Payment Information
Fiscal Year: The Town of Groveland's fiscal tax year runs July 1st – June 30th each year.
|Tax Due Dates:||Preliminary Tax (Estimated)||Preliminary Tax (Estimated)||Actual Tax||Actual Tax|
|Due Date||August 1st||November 1st||February 1st||May 1st|
|Months tax covers||July, August, September||October, November, December||January, February, March||April, May, June|
The calculation of tax bills is done by the Assessor’s office. Once calculated, the Assessor’s commit the bills to the Tax Collector’s office for collection. Since the Tax Collector’s office is not involved in the assessment process, our office is not able to provide tax relief. All tax abatements and exemptions must be granted by the Assessor’s office.
Preliminary Tax Bills: The 1st and 2nd quarter tax bills are called Preliminary Bills and are based on each property’s previous fiscal year taxes including betterments, liens and assessments. These are estimated bills only.
Actual Tax Bills: The 3rd and 4th quarter tax bills are called Actual Tax Bills. These bills are calculated by multiplying the assessed value of each property by the new tax rate (set in November) minus any preliminary tax payments.
Betterments/Sewer Liens: Betterment and lien charges are assessed annually in the 3rd quarter bill. As per Massachusetts General Law, betterments and liens are considered part of your real estate tax and previous fiscal year betterment/lien payments must be included in preliminary tax calculations. Betterments and liens can affect your monthly mortgage escrow payments. Taxpayers should contact their mortgage company directly for information on their particular situation.
Late Payments: Per Massachusetts General Law, interest is charged at the rate of 14% per annum. There is NO grace period with real estate and personal property taxes. Interest is accrued beginning at midnight on each due date. Payments are considered made when received by the Tax Collector – not postmarked.
Receipts: To receive a receipt when paying by mail, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your payment. Bring your entire bill with you when paying in person.
Abatements: Please contact the Assessor's office for more information or an application.
Exemptions: Certain property owners may qualify for an exemption on their real estate taxes. Please contact the Assessor's office for more information or an application.