Frequently Asked Real Estate Tax Questions
How often do I pay real estate taxes?
The Real Estate Tax Bills are due quarterly and payable within 30 days of the due date indicated on the bill. Late payments will be assessed interest and late charges in accordance with the Massachusetts General Law. The bills are mailed out twice a year and include 2 billing periods in each mailing. The Town runs on a fiscal year July 1 – June 30.
First Bill – Preliminary Bills
1st quarter due August 1
2nd quarter due November 1
Second Bill – Actual Bills
3rd quarter due February 1
4th quarter due May 1
(or the Monday that follows these dates if they fall on a weekend)
Why did my real estate bill get mailed to me, when my taxes are escrowed?
By law, we mail the Real Estate Tax Bills to the homeowner. When taxes are escrowed, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to make sure the bank/mortgage company receives the information.
Payments must be received in the Collector’s office by 4:30 pm on the due date. Postmarks are not accepted as receipts dates. Payments must actually be received in the office to avoid additional charges.
Checks should be made payable to “Town of Raynham”.
Why does my bill have the former owners name on it?
The law states to assess the taxes to the owner of record, as of January 1st of the year preceding the fiscal year for which the tax is assessed. As a result, you will not receive a tax bill in your name for 1 to 1-1/2 years. State law, makes it incumbent on the taxpayer to locate the tax bill and pay on time. Bills not paid by the due date accrue interest at the rate of 14% from the due date. If you do not receive a bill at least 15 days prior to the due dates noted above, it is your responsibility to contact the Collector’s Office at 508-824-2702 to obtain a copy of the property tax bill.
Can I pay my bill over the telephone?
No, you cannot pay your bill over the telephone; the Collector’s office does not have credit card access available.