What is motor vehicle excise tax?
Motor Vehicle Excise Tax is an annual tax for the privilege of registering a motor vehicle or trailer. Anyone who registers a vehicle in Massachusetts will receive an excise tax bill from the municipality where the vehicle is garaged. The amount of excise tax due is calculated by multiplying the value of the vehicle by the tax rate ($25.00 per thousand dollars of value). The value of the vehicle is determined by the Registry formula taking the applicable percentage for the year of the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail price (MSRP). The manufacturers list price rather than the actual purchase price is used to calculate motor vehicle excise tax.

Applicable Percentage for the Year
  • In the year preceding the year of manufacture - 50%

  • In the year of manufacture - 90%

  • In the second year - 60%

  • In the third year - 40%

  • In the fourth year - 25%

  • In the fifth and succeeding years - 10%

Do not ignore your excise bill!

Even though you may have sold, traded or otherwise disposed of the vehicle, your bill is always due 30 days from the issue date. If the bill is unpaid and remains outstanding more than 30 days after its issue date, it will accrue interest charges and fees for which you will be responsible. Your driver’s license and/or vehicle registration will also be returned to the Registry of Motor Vehicles for non-renewal action.

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1. If I have questions about real estate abatements, exemptions, deferrals, or motor vehicle excise tax who can I call?
2. How is my assessed value determined each year?
3. I just bought property this year, why is the prior owner still on the tax bill?
4. Should I file for abatement on my property tax?
5. What is State Certification/Revaluation?
6. How do I file for an abatement?
7. How does a building permit affect the value of my property?
8. Can I get a copy of the deed and plot plan of my property?
9. What are my tax dollars used for?
10. If I have a question regarding payment of taxes, who do I call?
11. What is motor vehicle excise tax?
12. EXEMPTIONS - Do I qualify for a real estate tax exemption?
13. Do I qualify for a Tax Deferral?
14. What are the qualifications of the Senior Work Off program?
15. Who can apply for a Form 3ABC?
16. What are the Chapter 61, 61A, 61B AGRICULTURAL TAX DEFERRAL PROGRAMS?