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Posted on: February 9, 2024

2024 Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Bills Being Mailed - Due 3/13/2024

2024 Excise tax bills are going in the mail with an issue date of 2/12/24 and a due date of 3/13/2024.  If you have cars that were registered in Westford on January 1, 2024 you will receive an excise tax bill in this mailing.  If you are missing any bills for vehicles that were registered on January 1st, please contact the Tax Collector's Office and we can help you obtain one.  

What is the best way for me to pay my excise tax bill?

If you wish to pay your bill electronically, we would strongly encourage you to use the Town's online bill pay option and please avoid using your bank's online bill pay option.  When bills are paid through an individual's online banking bill pay option, a physical check is cut and mailed to our office. When we receive it, we need to look up all your bills and create a print out to support the payment.  This process is time consuming and inefficient.  Paying through our online bill pay system creates a direct ACH from your checking account free of charge and provides us with a downloadable payment file.  Please note: there is a small surcharge for debit or credit card payments made online, but payments out of your checking account are free.  Sending in a check with our bill stub works great too!  Multiple bills may be paid on one check.  It is not necessary to send a check for each bill.  There are 3 1/2 people in our office and we will be collecting 22,000 bills in 30 days!  We appreciate your help!

What if I don't own this car anymore?  

If you no longer own a car for which you have received an excise tax bill, you may file an application for abatement with the Assessor's office.  They will need to see what happened to the plate (cancelled plate receipt/transfer) and what happened to the car (sold/junked/totaled).  These documents can be emailed to the Assessor's general mailbox More information about abatements can be found on the Assessor's page of the Town's website.

How do I correct the mailing address for my excise tax bill?

All the information on an excise tax bill originates at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.  Mailing addresses may be updated by the Post Office if a forwarding order is found.  If an address on an excise tax is incorrect, please check your address for the registration record at the Registry.  When that is corrected, future excise bills will be correct.  Excise address information is not maintained in the Collector's office.  

Never ignore an excise tax bill.  They don't go away.  The bill needs to be paid or abated.  Fees for unpaid excise tax bills add up fast!

I hope this information is helpful to you!

Christine H. Collins, Tax Collector-Treasurer  

Want to know more about excise tax bill calculation or other topics?  Check out these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) published by Mass Department of Revenue!

Motor Vehicle Excise Tax FAQs provided by MA DOR
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