Welcome To The Lynn City Assessors' Office

The City Assessor's Office is responsible for assessments and abatements for real estate, personal property and motor vehicle and excise taxes, personal exemptions, tax deferrals, deed references and property information.

List Contact Information
  Director of Assessing
Peter Caron
(781) 586-6702
(781) 477-7160

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New Item Current and Recent Tax Rates (Updated December 2014)
Fiscal Year Residential Commercial/Industrial/Personal Property
2015 (Current) $16.75 $33.58
2014 $17.13 $34.81
2013 $16.93 $34.55
2012 $16.28 $32.82
2011 $16.22 $32.41
2010 $15.53 $31.05
2009 $12.74 $25.35
2008 $10.98 $21.45
2007 $10.40 $21.26
2006 $9.94 $21.27
2005 $10.18 $21.68
2004 $11.43 $25.27
2003 $13.21 $25.78
2002 $14.99 $29.75
2001 $16.46 $33.25
2000 $17.68 $36.17
1999 $17.73 $36.99
1998 $19.84 $41.50
DOWNLOAD: Current and Recent Tax Rates (PDF)

General Information

The Board of Assessors is the local agency responsible for the assessment and administration of all local taxes provided for by the General Laws of the Commonwealth. The Board consists of three members: the director of assessing, appointed by the chief financial officer, and two assessors, appointed by the City Council. Providing support for the Board are an appraisal staff and a clerical staff that are responsible for maintaining the Board’s informational database on properties and assisting the Board in its administrative duties.

There are four principal local taxes administered by the Board: real and personal property taxes, and motor vehicle and boat excise taxes. The assessors are responsible for determining assessments and calculating the appropriate amount for each type of tax. That information is then forwarded to the tax collector, who then assumes responsibility for issuing bills and collecting the tax. The Board is also responsible for processing requests for adjustments to the original taxes, and issuing any appropriate abatements.

The Board is supervised in its administration of local taxation statutes by the Department of Revenue’s Division of Local Services, as provided by Chapter 58 of the General Laws. Among other duties, the division reviews that Board’s assessment procedures every three years in order to certify that property is being assessed at its full cash value, reviews its revenue and spending projections to ensure compliance with Proposition 2-1/2 prior to approving a tax rate each year, and issues legal opinions and sets procedural guidelines that direct the assessors in the performance of their duties.

New Item Department Calendar For FY' 2015-2016
January 1
Statutory assessment date for fiscal year 2015
June 30
Determination date for taxing improvements for fiscal year 2015
July 1
First day of fiscal year 2015. Eligibility date for fiscal year 2015 statutory exemptions
August 1
First quarter fiscal year 2015 preliminary tax bills due
November 3
Second quarter fiscal year 2015 preliminary tax bills due
December 16
Classification hearing before City Council to allocate tax burden between residential and commercial properties for fiscal year 2015
December 31
Actual fiscal year 2015 property tax bills are mailed. Abatement filing period commences
January 1
Statutory assessment date for fiscal year 2016
February 2
Third quarter fiscal year 2015 actual tax bills due. Filing deadline for appeal of FY' 2015 assessed valuations
February 13
First commitment of motor vehicle excise bills for FY 2015 issued (approximate)
March 2
Personal property Forms of List and 3ABC forms for fiscal year 2016 due with assessors
March 31
Deadline for filing applications for statutory personal exemptions
May 1
Fourth quarter FY' 2015 actual tax bills due
June 20
Final date for assessors to commit revised or omitted assessments for FY' 2015
June 20
Determination date for taxing improvements for fiscal year 2016
July 1
First day of fiscal year 2016. Eligibility date for fiscal year 2016 statutory exemptions
August 3
First quarter fiscal year 2016 preliminary tax bills due
November 2
Second quarter fiscal year 2016 preliminary tax bills due
December 8
Classification hearing before City Council to allocate tax burden between residential and commercial properties for fiscal year 2016 (tentative)
December 31
Actual fiscal year 2016 property tax bills are mailed. Abatement filing period commences
DOWNLOAD: Department Calendar FY2015 - FY2016 (PDF)

Property Data Resources and Links

FY' 2015 Property Values Now Available

Property values for FY' 2015 are now available for viewing on-line or in City Hall.

Click here for more info and to view FY' 2015 valuations on-line.

New Item Index To City Maps (PDF) FY'13 Updated City Assessor Maps*
  Index To City of Lynn Maps CLICK HERE FOR THE FY'13 MAPS
  *Please note: You may access a map by clicking on the corresponding map rectangle in the index. The first three digit segment of the Parcel ID corresponds to the appropriate map.
Web Lynn Property Records
  View Lynn Property Records (Lynn Patriot Properties)
  Property Resource Links (PDF)
  Land Use Codes (Updated December 2011)

Senor Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Abatement

General Policies and Procedures and Necessary Forms (Below)

  • Over 60 years of age as of July 1st of fiscal year.
  • Homeowner or spouse of homeowner (primary residence only)
  • Lynn resident for minimum of five (5) years.
  • Income eligible; based on the state Circuit Breaker guidelines:  below $56,000 for single homeowner; $84,000 for couple.  Copy of income tax return is required with application.  If no tax return filed, applicant must submit an IRS Form 4506-T for verification of non-filing.
  • City employees (individuals on the municipal payroll, full or part time) and their immediate family are not eligible for this program.
  • C.O.R.I check, Privacy Statement, and Confidentiality Agreement required.
  • Applications must be filed at the Mayor’s Office’s Office no later than January 31st of the fiscal year to participate in the program.
  • Senior Abatement Committee, consisting of the Director of Assessing or designee, a designee of the Mayor’s Office, a designee of the City Council, and a designee of the Council on Aging, will review all applications and determine participants accepted into lottery.
  • Maximum annual abatement of property taxes shall not exceed $600 for 75 hours.
  • Abatement earned is considered taxable income for federal tax purposes only (not taxable for state tax purposes) even though the City is not obligated to issue a Federal 1099 form for payments less than $600. (A tax advisor should be consulted as to federal reporting requirements)
  • Program begins December 1 and ends November 30 or once the applicant earns gross wages of $600. 
  • Hourly rate paid will be the State minimum wage as of January 1st each year.  The currently hourly minimum wage rate is $8.00 per hour, changing to $9.00 per hour January 1, 2015.
  • Applicants must apply and be subject to the lottery process annually for participation in the program.
  • Rules and guidelines will be reviewed periodically and changes will be made as necessary.
New Item Senior Citizen Abatement Information and Forms
(Updated December 2015)
  Procedures For Abatement (2015)
  Application For Abatement (2013)
  CORI Release Form  
New Item Income and Expense Information and Forms
  Income and Expense Form
  Informational Notice

New Item Forms and Other Tax Information
  Change of Address Form

Abatement, Exemption and Personal Property Tax Information

New Item Abatement Information and Forms | (Updated December 2014)
  Application For Abatement Instructions (2015)
  Application Supporting Information Form (2015)
  Over-valuation Abatement Form  
Web Personal Exemption Information and Form
  Personal Exemption Info (2015) (Updated December 2014)
  Personal Exemption Application  
Web Charitable Exemption Information and Form
  Charitable Exemptions State Info (Updated December 2011)
  Charitable Organizations Form 3ABC (Updated December 2011)
  Application for Charitable Exempt Status Form 1B-3 (Updated December 2011)
Web Personal Property Tax Information and Form
  Personal Property Tax FAQ (Updated December 2011)
  Personal Property Form of List (Updated December 2011)
Web Motor Vehicle Tax Information and Form
  Motor Vehicle Taxes
  Vehicle Excise FAQ (Updated December 2011)
  Motor Vehicle Excise Abatement Form (Updated December 2011)

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