Motor Vehicle Excise Tax
Excise Tax payments can be made online from your checking account or with a credit card (except those bills on warrant with the Deputy Collector). Certain fees will apply to credit card transactions, while there is no charge to pay from your checking account.
Excise on Registered Vehicles
The motor vehicle excise is imposed on every motor vehicle and trailer registered in the Commonwealth. This excise is imposed for the privilege of registering a motor vehicle. Registering a motor vehicle automatically triggers the assessment of the excise.
The motor vehicle excise tax is assessed at a rate of 2 1/2% of taxable value ($25 per thousand dollar value). This value is set by the Registry of Motor Vehicles and tax bills are prepared by the Registry for issuance by the Town. The original (model year) value is based upon the manufacturer's list price according to the NADA Blue Book. It is not based on the actual sales price or current market value. The taxable value is adjusted each year in accordance with the following schedule:
|Year prior to model year||50%|
|Fifth year and each year thereafter||10%|