City of Lynn

Welcome To The Lynn City Assessors' Office

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

Our Office Information

List Contact Information
  Board of Assessors
Room 202
Lynn City Hall, 3 City Hall Square
Lynn, MA 01901

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(781) 586-6702
(781) 586-6706
(781) 477-7160
List Board of Assessors
  Director of Assessing
Christopher Gaeta, MAA
(781) 586-6700
Michael Fisher, MAA
(781) 586-6701
Michael Clancy
(781) 586-6711

Appraisal and Clerical Staff

  Administrative Assistant
Karen Bartlett
  Head Clerk
Elizabeth Watson
  Principal Clerk
Kenya Pena
New Item Current and Recent Tax Rates (Updated December 2018)
Fiscal Year Residential Commercial/Industrial/Personal Property
2019 (Current) $14.30 $27.61
2018 $15.15 $29.45
2017 $15.60 $30.67
2016 $16.18 $32.06
2015 $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
New Item Current and Recent Tax Rates (PDF)
New Item Department Calendar
January 1, 2019  Statutory assessment date for FY 2020.
Abatement filing period begins.
February 1, 2019 Third quarter FY 2019 actual tax bills due.
Abatement filing period deadline.
February 15, 2019 First commitment of motor vehicle excise bills for 2019 issued (approximate).
March 1, 2019 Personal property Forms of List and 3ABC Forms for FY 2020 due with assessors
April 1, 2019 Deadline for filing of statutory personal exemptions for FY 2019.
May 1, 2019 Fourth quarter FY 2019 actual bills due.
June 20, 2019 Final date for Assessors to commit revised or omitted assessments for FY2019.
June 30, 2019 Determination date for taxing improvements for FY 2020.
July 1, 2019 First day of FY 2020. Eligibility date for FY 2020 statutory exemptions.
August 1, 2019 First quarter FY 2020 preliminary tax bills due.
October 31, 2019 Deadline to apply for Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Abatement.
November 1, 2019   Second quarter FY 2020 preliminary tax bills due.
December 12, 2019   Classification hearing before City Council to allocate tax burden between residential and commercial properties for FY 2020 (tentative).
December 31, 2019 Actual FY 2020 property tax bills are mailed. Abatement filing period commences.
New Item Department Calendar FY2019-FY202 (PDF)
New Item Department Calendar FY2019-FY202 (MS WORD)
Lynn Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Bills Are Billed Quarterly
Fiscal year 2019 begins July 1, 2018 and ends June 30, 2019
Quarter 1 July 1 August 1
Quarter 2 October 1 November 1
Quarter 3 January 1 February 1
Quarter 4 April 1 May 1
*If the due date falls on a weekend, the tax payment/filing deadline is the first business day following the due date.

Property Data - Assessments, Resources and Links

City of Lynn Property Data Search

City of Lynn's Interactive Mapping
FY' 2019 Property Values Now Available

Property values for FY' 2019 are now available for viewing on-line or in City Hall.

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

New Item Index To City Maps (PDF) FY'16 Updated City Assessor Maps*
  Index To City Of Lynn 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 (Lynn Patriot Properties)
  Land Use Codes

Senior Citizen Property Tax Credit Program

General Policies and Procedures

  • Over 60 years of age as of July 1st of fiscal year.
  • Lynn resident for minimum of five (5) years.
  • Homeowner or spouse of homeowner (primary residence only)
  • Income eligible; based on the state Circuit Breaker guidelines.

  • Income does not exceed:
    - $57K for Single Individual
    - $71K Head of Household
    - $86K for Married 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.
  • Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and will be assigned dependent upon job availability.  Applicants must be able to complete a maximum of 50 hours by November 30th to be eligible to receive tax credit on the following years’ bill.
  • Work program begins December 1 and ends November 30th or once the applicant earns gross wages of $600. 
  • Maximum annual abatement of property taxes shall not exceed $600 for 50 hours.
  • Application deadline is October 31st for the following years’ program.
  • Hourly rate paid will be the State minimum wage as of January 1st each year.  The current hourly minimum wage rate is $12 per hour.
  • City employees (individuals on the municipal payroll full time) and their immediate family are not eligible for this program.
  • C.O.R.I check, Privacy Statement, and Confidentiality Agreement required.
  • Copy of Picture I.D should be included with each application.
  • 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 participant’s eligibility.
  • 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).
  • Rules and guidelines will be reviewed periodically and changes will be made as necessary.

    Updated January 24, 2019
New Item Senior Citizen Abatement Information and Forms
Updated January 25, 2019
  Procedures For Abatement (2019)
  Application For Abatement (2018)
  CORI Release Form (2013)
  Senior Trash Abatement Form (2018)
  Miscellaneous Abatement Form (2018)
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 2018
  Application For Abatement Instructions (2019)
  Application Supporting Information Form (2019)
  Over-valuation Abatement Form
Web Personal Exemption Information and Form
  Personal Exemption Info (2020) Updated July 2019
  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 Fact Sheet Updated July 2019
  Personal Property Form of List Updated December 2015
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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