Assessing

Related Board: Board of Assessors

Fiscal Year 2023 Real Estate & Personal Property

ABATEMENT APPLICATION PERIOD

January 1st through February 1st


FILING DEADLINE – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2023 

Calendar year 2022 has drawn to a close and the Town has mailed its actual tax bills (i.e. 3rd and 4th quarter) for the Fiscal Year 2023 property taxes. At this time of the year, after the new values, new tax rates, and in anticipation of increased tax bills, questions center on abatements and filing for relief. In any mass appraisal, errors can appear that affect value; such as an error in measuring the building, or the inclusion in the descriptive data of items which do not exist, or the misstatement of location or area attributes. Massachusetts General Laws provide the taxpayer an opportunity to contest an assessed value on a specific parcel. The link below provides taxpayers guidance in the abatement process, including when to file and what to do to increase the likelihood that abatement will be granted.

ASSESSMENT DISAGREEMENT & ABATEMENT PROCESS


Fiscal Year 2023 Assessed Values:


Assessing Department staff are available during business hours to assist property owners. 

Board of Assessors office 1st floor, 210 Central Street, Hingham
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Tuesday 8:30 am to 7:00 pm, and Friday 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.  

Christine M. Roberts
Joshua M. Ross
Randall M. Winters

Board of Assessors, Town of Hingham


Cyclical Property Inspections ongoing since July 2022

In accordance with Department of Revenue guidelines, the Assessors are required to inspect all properties at least once every ten years. 

The Hingham Board of Assessors’ office have contracted VISION Government Solutions to conduct the necessary CYCLICAL inspections throughout town as they prepare for Fiscal Year 2023 recertification by the MA Department of Revenue. Field personnel will produce proper identification, a verification letter from the Hingham Board of Assessors office, and will be registered with the Hingham Police Department for the duration of the project. Inspectors will inspect the interior and exterior of the property and verify that the data on the property record card is up to date and accurate.  The entire inspection will take just a few minutes.    

If the homeowner, or a person over 18 years of age, is not at home on the first call, a notice will be left asking the homeowner to schedule an inspection appointment.  If you would like to arrange an inspection appointment in advance, please feel free to contact our office at 

(781) 741-1455  or email Assessor's Office

Business Personal Property Inspections 

The Board of Assessors is also conducting annual inspections of new and existing business personal property. The inspections will be performed by an appraiser employed by Real Estate Research Consultants, Inc. (RRC), on behalf of the Hingham Board of Assessors. The appraiser will be listing new property and reviewing existing property as required by the MA Department of Revenue for Fiscal Year 2023.

The scope of this project includes interior inspection of certain personal property accounts in order to list all taxable personal property items such as inventory, furniture & fixtures, equipment, and machinery used in the conduct of business. All, personal property is listed and assessed in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 59, Section 5.

The Board of Assessors and RRC will appreciate your cooperation in providing the representative with access to your property and the information necessary to undertake this assignment. Please keep in mind that if your business is not inspected, an estimate will be made, resulting in a less reliable assessment.

All RRC inspectors will produce proper identification, a verification letter from the Hingham Board of Assessors office, and will be registered with the Hingham Police Department for the duration of the project.

If you have any questions regarding these projects, please contact the Assessors’ Office at (781) 741-1455 or email Assessor's Office