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 boat 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

Please select an item from the left hand menu to view information and download links to available files and forms. You may also contact us by mail, phone, fax, or email with your questions or if you require any additional information.

For assistance in calculating your anticipated fiscal year 2018 tax liability please follow the steps below:
1) Look up your fiscal year 2018 assessed value at
2) Multiply your assessed value by the appropriate projected tax rate, $15.15 for residential property, and $29.45 for commercial or industrial property, and then divide the result by $1,000.
Example: Assessed Value: $300,000
Tax Rate/$1K:  x   $15.15/$1,000
Total Annual Tax:   $4,545.00   
3) This will give you your total anticipated tax bill for fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018).
4) To calculate your anticipated fourth quarter actual tax bill installment (due May 1, 2018), deduct the total of your three preliminary tax installments (due August 1, November 1 and February 1) from your total anticipated tax bill. Please note that if you have not yet received it, the February 1 installment is identical to the August 1 installment.
Example: Total FY2018 Tax:  $4,545.00
Preliminary Taxes:   $3,300.00 ($1,100 x 3)
May 1 Actual Tax Bill:  $1,245.00

Please note the following conditions:

  • The tax rates indicated above are not final, pending state approval, and may change, although any change is very unlikely.
  • The amounts calculated do not include any credits for personal exemptions, such as those for seniors and disabled veterans, nor do they include any senior work-off credits.
  • The amounts calculated do not include any added charges for unpaid liens or unpaid fines.
  • If you have a mixed-used property, you will need to do separate calculations for property’s residential and commercial/industrial values in Step 2, and then add them together.
If you require any assistance, please free to contact the Assessing Department at (781) 586-6707, or come to room 202 in City Hall.
New Item Current and Recent Tax Rates (Updated December 2016)
Fiscal Year Residential Commercial/Industrial/Personal Property
2017 (Current) $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
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 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.

New Item Department Calendar For FY' 2017-2018
Jan. 1, 2016 Statutory assessment date for fiscal year 2017.
June 30, 2016 Determination date for taxing improvements for fiscal year 2017.
July 1, 2016 First day of fiscal year 2017. Eligibility date for fiscal year 2017 statutory exemptions.
Aug. 1, 2016 First quarter fiscal year 2017 preliminary tax bills due.
Nov. 1, 2016 Second quarter fiscal year 2017 preliminary tax bills due.
Dec. 13, 2016 Classification hearing before City Council to allocate tax burden between residential and commercial properties for fiscal year 2017.
Dec. 30, 2016 Actual fiscal year 2017 property tax bills are mailed. Abatement filing period commences.
Jan. 1, 2017 Statutory assessment date for fiscal year 2018.
Feb. 1, 2017 Third quarter fiscal year 2017 actual tax bills due. Filing deadline for appeal of FY2017 assessed valuations.
Feb. 15, 2017 First commitment of motor vehicle excise bills for 2017 issued (approximate).
Mar. 1, 2017 Personal property Forms of List and 3ABC forms for fiscal year 2018 due with assessors.
Apr. 3, 2017 Deadline for filing applications for statutory personal exemptions.
May 1, 2017 Fourth quarter FY2017 actual tax bills due.
June 20, 2017 Final date for assessors to commit revised or omitted assessments for FY2017.
June 30, 2017 Determination date for taxing improvements for fiscal year 2017.
July 1, 2017 First day of fiscal year 2018. Eligibility date for fiscal year 2018 statutory exemptions.
Aug. 1, 2017 First quarter fiscal year 2018 preliminary tax bills due.
Nov. 1, 2017 Second quarter fiscal year 2018 preliminary tax bills due.
Dec. 12, 2017 Classification hearing before City Council to allocate tax burden between residential and commercial properties for fiscal year 2018 (tentative).
Dec. 29, 2017 Actual fiscal year 2018 property tax bills are mailed. Abatement filing period commences.
New Item DOWNLOAD Department Calendar FY2017 - FY2018 (PDF)

Property Data Resources and Links

FY' 2017 Property Values Now Available

Property values for FY' 2017 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 CLICK HERE FOR THE FY'16 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 June 2016)

Senor Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Abatement

General Policies and Procedures and Necessary Forms

  • 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 $51K for single homeowner, $71K Head of Household, $86K 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.
  • Copy of Picture I.D should be included with each application.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but all participants must be able to complete the 54.54 hours by November 30th.
  • Program begins December 1 and ends November 30 or once the applicant earns gross wages of $600. 
  • Maximum annual abatement of property taxes shall not exceed $600 for 54.54 hours.
  • Hourly rate paid will be the State minimum wage as of January 1st each year.  The current hourly minimum wage rate is $11 per hour.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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 January 19, 2018)
      Procedures For Abatement (2018)
      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 2016)
      Application For Abatement Instructions (2017)
      Application Supporting Information Form (2017)
      Over-valuation Abatement Form  
    Web Personal Exemption Information and Form
      Personal Exemption Info (2017) (Updated December 2016)
      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 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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