Property Tax Relief Programs
Senior Work-Off Program
This is a program that places Lincoln residents, age 60 and older, with jobs within the Town of Lincoln in order to lessen their tax payments. Eligible residents may work in jobs for the current minimum wage of $11.00 per hour up to the maximum benefit of $1,500 for the Senior Work Off program per year. You must be a Lincoln resident and also be the owner of the taxed property. Please note, there is often a waiting list for these work-off programs. To sign up, please call the Council on Aging at 781-259-8811.
Veteran’s Work-off Program
The Veterans Tax Work-off program allows veterans, of any age, to work for the current minimum wage of $11.00 per hour up to the maximum benefit of $1,000 per year. You must be a Lincoln resident and also be the owner of the taxed property. To sign up please call the Council on Aging. 781-259-8811.
To see additional information regarding the above programs on the Council on Aging webpage click here.
Please note the following programs are offered annually and an application must be filed with the Board of Assessors within 3 months after the fall tax bill is issued. These forms are posted on the Town website each July and then removed after once the deadline has passed.
For more information please call the assessor’s office at 781-259-2611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for the Deferral and Exemption Qualification Chart
Deferral Program 41A
This is a program which allows homeowners age 60 and over, to be considered for a deferral of property taxes. There are income limits that change each year, currently Single $57,000, or Married $86,000 - and each application must be approved annually by the Board of Assessors. Please note that the annual CPA tax is not included in the deferral. All applications must have supporting financial documentation such as tax returns, bank statements, and proof of ownership. This documentation will remain private and will not become a public record. Also important to note, is that the deferred taxes accrue interest at a rate of 4% per year and that the deferred taxes must be paid when the property is conveyed or the homeowner passes away. You may only defer taxes up to 50% of your home’s assessed value. If you have a mortgage, the bank will need to sign off on your deferral application before the Board of Assessor’s review. Upon approval, the homeowner must enter into a written tax deferral and recovery agreement which will then be recorded as lien at the Registry of Deeds. There is a $75.00 filing fee associated with this recording.
Temporary Hardship Deferral 18A
There are no age requirements for this program. It is only applicable for 3 years and each application must be approved annually by the Board of Assessors. This is a deferral for people experiencing financial hardship and the application must be accompanied by supporting financial documentation. This documentation will remain private and will not become a public record. This program is intended only as a temporary aid, and deferred taxes accrue interest at a rate of 4% interest per year. If you have a mortgage, the bank will need to sign off on your deferral application before the Board of Assessor’s review. Upon approval, the homeowner must enter into a written tax deferral and recovery agreement which will then be recorded as lien at the Registry of Deeds. There is a $75.00 filing fee associated with this recording.
This is an exemption for Seniors age 70 and over. The current asset limit is $42,757 which does not include the domicile. If approved, the assistance is $615 per year. Financial documentation must accompany each application.
This program is for homeowners aged 65 and older with an income limit of Single $21,379 and Married $32,067 excluding some social security. The asset limit is Single $42,756 and Married $58,759 excluding domicile. The assistance is $2,000. Financial documentation must accompany each application.
This program is for homeowners who have documentation of legal blindness and the amount of assistance is $1,000.
MA Circuit Breaker Credit
This is a program issued through the state (not the Town) and is for residents 65 and over. You must file a Massachusetts personal income tax return and the income limits currently are Single $57,000 and Married $86,000. Additionally, the assessed value of your property must not exceed $747,000. If you are a homeowner, your Massachusetts property tax payments, together with half of your water and sewer expense, must exceed 10% of your total Massachusetts income for the tax year. This circuit breaker tax credit is based on the actual real estate taxes paid on the Massachusetts property you own and occupy as your principal residence. If you are eligible for the Circuit Breaker credit, complete schedule CB with your Massachusetts state income tax return. Note: There is a tutorial on this program at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/senior-circuit-breaker-tax-credit