Town Offers New Tax Relief Options To Residents

Town of Brewster, Massachusetts– On April 6, 2020, the Brewster Select Board adopted several new local options that extend due dates for real and personal property tax payments from May 1 to June 1, and waive penalties and interest for late payments on certain municipal tax and utility bills made by June 30, 2020.  These options were extended to municipalities through the recent passage of Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, “An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting From COVID-19”.

Based on these local actions, 2nd half real estate and personal property tax bills in Brewster will be mailed out and due one month later than usual this year.  These bills will be mailed by May 1 and are due by June 1, 2020.

In addition, the Brewster Select Board voted to waive interest and other penalties for late payment of any excise, tax, betterment assessment or apportionment thereof, water rate or other charge added to a tax for any payments with a due date on or after March 10, 2020 where payment is made late but before June 30, 2020. This applies to late payments of bills that have a due date of March 10, 2020 or after, when such bills are paid late but paid on or before June 30. This waiver of interest does not apply to bills with due dates before March 10, 2020 or if the bill is not paid by June 30.

It is important for residents to understand that if Brewster town offices are still closed on June 1, 2020 as a result of the coronavirus or the related declaration of a state of emergency issued by the Governor on March 10, 2020, the due dates for tax payments are not extended, per Section 10(b) of the Act.

Town officials recognize the financial challenges that many of our residents are facing at this time.  The Select Board sought to grant the maximum relief currently allowed under state statute by adopting these measures.