Topsfield Board of Assessors
- Lynn A. Conant, Chairman
- John W. Minnehan, Clerk
- Robert E. Kanter
The Board of Assessors consists of three members elected for three-year overlapping terms.
Toula Guarino, M.A.A.; Principal AssessorLisa Benecke, Assistant to Principal Assessor
- Town Hall, 8 West Common Street, Topsfield, MA 01983
- Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm
- Friday 8:00am to 12:00 noon
The Board of Assessors determines the valuation of all real and personal property as of January 1st each year for the purposes of taxation and in compliance with the General Laws of the Commonwealth. Valuations are generally based on the preceding calendar year's sales. The assessment date is for the fiscal year commencing July 1st and ending June 30th of the following year. If an owner is dissatisfied with his or her assessment, he or she may appeal to the Board of Assessors. If still aggrieved, an appeal may be made to the State Appellate Tax Board.
Fiscal Year 2016 Single Tax Rate $16.52
Fiscal 2016 filing deadline is February 1, 2016 at 4:00PM.
Please see Assessors Online Database for Fiscal 2016 valuations and corresponding tax maps.
Applications for abatement of real and personal property tax must be received in the Assessors' Office on or before February 1, 2016 at 4PM; or mailed by United States Mail, first class postage prepaid, to the proper address of the assessors on or before the filing deadline as shown by a postmark made by the United States Postal Service.
The Board of Assessors is responsible for granting statutory exemptions and tax deferrals on an annual basis to those who qualify. Major exemption groups include surviving spouses or minor children, seniors, certain veterans and individuals certified as blind. Brochures explaining qualifications and applications are available upon request or can be obtained from the links below. The filing period is the three months after the actual (not preliminary) tax bills are mailed for the fiscal year.
The motor vehicle excise tax is administered through the Assessor's Office. The Registry of Motor Vehicles issues the bills. Revenue received from the motor vehicle excise tax is used to reduce the property tax in every community. Adjustments are made to the bill when a car is sold, traded or junked; or vehicle is registered in another state and plates are cancelled or transferred to another vehicle.
Applications for abatements and exemptions, information concerning valuations, copies of property record cards and town maps are available in the Assessor's office. Applications will be mailed upon request. Additional information and applications are available from the links below:
- Change of Address
- Chapter Land
- Charitable Organizations
- Exemptions and Tax Deferrals
- Motor Vehicle Excise Tax
- Personal Property Tax
- Real Estate Tax
- Assessor On-Line Database (property record cards)
- Appellate Tax Board
- Massachusetts General Laws
- Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
- Registry of Deeds Southern Essex District
Board Meeting Schedule
Second and Fourth Friday at 8:30AM or as needed at Town Hall, Conference Room