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Mayor Sarno and City Assessors Chairman Allen Reminds Residents that the Deadline for Property Tax Relief for Qualifying Persons is April 1, 2021

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Chairman of the Board of Assessors Richie Allen remind residents that the deadline for property tax relief for qualifying persons is April 1, 2021. Those applications must be received by the Assessors office. The deadline for anyone filing for the Massachusetts Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit is April 15, 2021, which is the due date for state income tax returns. Those tax returns are filed with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, not the Assessors office.

The Mass Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit is available for seniors age 65, as of December 31, 2020, and who meet certain income guidelines:  $61,000 for single; $76,000 for head of household; $92,000 for married couples filing a joint return.  Those eligible can receive a max credit of $1,150.  Credit is based on the amount by which the sum of the property tax, and water and sewer charges exceeds ten percent of the taxable income. 

Those interested in filing for the Mass Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit must do so by filing an individual income tax return with the state Department of Revenue.  For tax year 2018, nearly 1,500 city households received an average $809 in income tax credit for a total of $1.2 million credited or refunded to city taxpayers.

The City of Springfield property tax exemptions for qualifying persons, per state statute, are listed below.  All property tax exemption applications must be filed with the City of Springfield Assessor’s Office no later than the deadline stated. 





Aged 70 or over*



April 1, 2021

Widow or Widower*



April 1, 2021

Age 70 or higher**



April 1, 2021

Veterans, either: minimum 10% disabled, Purple Heart, Gold Star parents/spouses

22 a-f


April 1, 2021

Veterans, either: severely disabled or other specific criteria

22 A-F


April 1, 2021




April 1, 2021

Senior Tax Deferral



Tax is deferred in full until sale or death, when full tax and accrued interest are due.  NOTE:  Deferred amounts are recorded as a lien against the property

April 1, 2021


*Applicants must document they meet financial qualifications pertaining to assets.

** Applicants must document they meet financial qualifications pertaining to income and assets.


Mayor Sarno stated, “I know we are all living in surreal and challenging times and everyone is experiencing some form of financial burden.  I want to encourage our residents to take advantage of any and all tax relief measures that might be available either locally or from the state.  The Mass Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit, which is available by the State Department of Revenue when filing your state income tax return, and the local property tax exemption, which can provide relief for those households that are eligible.”

Board of Assessors Chairman Allen states, “Hundreds of city households receive this relief annually.  We want to be sure that all qualifying persons are aware of the due date, and how they might qualify.  Please visit and click on Property Assessments to learn the requirements.”

The Assessor’s Office is located at City Hall, 36 Court Street, Room 10.  Office hours are 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  As the City of Springfield is continuing to adhere to all COVID-19 Coronavirus public health and safety protocols and guidelines, residents are encouraged to schedule an appointment to drop off their applications by calling the city’s 311 Call Center at (413) 736-3111.  Residents can also mail their applications to the Board of Assessors at 36 Court Street, Room 10, Springfield, MA 01103.

Page last updated:  Tuesday, March 1, 2022 01:32 pm