Board of Assessors


Cyclical property inspections will continue with Phase II on April 1, 2021  

For Notice and List of Streets - See "Cyclical Property Inspections Project" 

Due to the COVID pandemic, our office is open by appointment only.  Please check the Town website for the most up-to-date information.  For assistance from the Assessor’s office, please call 978-887-1514 and leave a message or email us at  We will respond to your request as soon as possible.

For Abutter’s List – Abutter's lists can be requested and paid for online.  Click on "Request and Pay Online" at left .  During this pandemic, we will email the abutter’s list to you or you can make an appointment to pick up.

For Motor Vehicle Abatements – Please download Form 126-MVE from “Forms & Documents” on the left.   Required documentation is listed on the form.  A motor vehicle abatement application cannot be processed without the required documentation.  We can receive your application by either of the following:

  • Mail to the Assessor’s Office at 8 West Common Street, Topsfield, MA 01983

  • Leave in the Drop Box located at the front of Town Hall

  • During the COVID pandemic only – email to

Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Bills - Fourth Quarter Tax Bills will be mailed on March 31, 2021 and are due May 3.   The Fiscal Year 2021 tax bills are based on the assessment date of January 1, 2020, prior to the COVID pandemic.  Please direct any concerns about your tax bill to the Treasurer/Collector's office at 978-887-1511.

The Board of Assessors determine 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 2021 Single Tax Rate $17.92

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Staff Contacts

Name Title
Lisa Benecke Assistant to Principal Assessor
Toula Guarino, M.A.A. Principal Assessor

Board Members

Name Title
Lynn A. Conant Chairman
John W. Minnehan Clerk
Robert E. Kanter Member