Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

Published by
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Citizen Information Service

State Administration/Revenue: Local Services

P27 Division of Local Services
Department of Revenue
100 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 9569
Boston, MA 02114-9569
Tel: (617) 626-2300
Property Tax Bureau*: (617) 626-2400
Fax: (617) 626-2330

The Division of Local Services carries out the Commissioner of Revenue's regulatory duties for municipal finance. It provides oversight and technical assistance services to cities, towns, counties, and other special districts in the areas of property taxation, accounting and auditing, budgeting, cash and debt management, and the distribution of state aid. More specifically its various bureaus supervise, assist, and monitor the financial management and accounting practices of all cities and towns, counties, and special districts. They supervise local property valuation and assessment, oversee classification of property, provide training and assistance to municipal assessors, certify tax rates for cities and towns assuring compliance with property tax levy limits under Proposition 2 1/2, and administer local tax laws which include the automobile excise and real estate taxes. Its data bank is a source of financial and socioeconomic information about Massachusetts communities. It is a computerized repository for a series of financial documents that each of the state's municipalities are required to file annually with the Division of Local Services. *The Property Tax Bureau has changed its name to: Bureau of Municipal Finance Law. The Municipal Data Bank can be reached at the telephone number above. Note: Motor Vehicle Excise tax is handled by the: Department of Revenue's Local Services Division, the city or town's Tax Collector, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Information on Motor Vehicle excise Tax is also available from Citizen Information Service.

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