Exemptions and Relief

Property Tax Relief Programs

The Town of Hingham offers a number of different property tax relief programs for residents based on age, income, and veteran or disability status. Town staff can help direct you to the right programs and exemptions. 

Application Deadline: April 1 to the Assessor's Office

Application Deadline: September 1 to the Assessor's Office

Contact Assessor’s Office, Town Hall, 1st floor, Call: 781-741-1455, Email: Assessors@hingham-ma.gov

Tax Workoff Programs

Did you know that you may be able to “work off” a portion of your property taxes by completing tasks/projects for Town Departments?

Senior Tax Workoff Program

  • Individuals age 60+
  • Must meet income eligibility guidelines
  • Work up to 125 hours max per calendar year
  • May have a representative work on your behalf if you are physically unable
  • Hours must be worked between January 1 and October 1
  • Contact Hingham Senior Center, Town Hall, 781-741-1458, Email: frugolim@hingham-ma.gov

Valor Act Tax Workoff Program

  • Available to eligible veterans
  • May earn up to $1,500 per household per year
  • May have a representative work on your
  • behalf if you are physically unable
  • No criteria based on income
  • Hours must be worked between July 1 and March 15
  • Contact Hingham Veterans' Services, Town Hall 2nd Floor, 781-741-1440, Email: VeteransServices@hingham-ma.gov

Not sure where to start? The Assessor’s Office would be happy to help!

  • Call: 781-741-1455
  • Visit: First Floor of Town Hall
  • Email: Assessors@hingham-ma.gov

Property Tax Relief Flyer (PDF)

Hingham General Tax Relief Flyer

Applications & Requirements

About Exemptions

Exemptions are distinguished from abatements in that exemptions refer to the person while abatements refer to the property.

Qualifying Date

The qualifying date is July 1, the first day of the fiscal year. When the third quarter actual tax bill is sent to taxpayers in late December, applications are due within 90 days of the postmark date.

Because of the number and complexity of exemptions, the following table is intended only to give you a general idea of what is available. If you have the slightest suspicion you may be eligible or have any questions, call the Assessor's Office to discuss details!

Note: That certain income limits include deductions (Clause 41D) and asset limits do not include the value of owner occupied condominiums, and 1,2,3 family houses. Certain exemption applications will require a copy of the tax forms filed in the last calendar year, or a statement indicating that the applicant(s) does not file tax forms. The number of owners of the property also falls into the review of qualification, which may mean non-eligibility of the exemption, a pro-rated, or a full exemption.

Two Owners

Also, in certain conditions, if two or more persons, whether or not related or married, own a single parcel and each qualifies for a different exemption, each would be entitled to receive the exemption for which he or she qualifies.

Ownership & Occupancy

An additional qualification for most exemptions is the ownership and occupancy of the property. In most cases, the applicant must have owned and occupied real estate property in Massachusetts for five years (and owned and occupied the present property on July 1 in the year of application), and Massachusetts must have been the applicant's place of domicile for the preceding ten years.

Owners of Property in Trust

Trust ownership arrangements may affect qualification for a statutory exemption. Consult your attorney if these requirements affect you.  As a general rule, an applicant must be a trustee and a beneficiary and submit:

  • A copy of a recorded trust instrument, including amendments;
  • A copy of the schedule of beneficiaries.