Assessor

Property Tax Programs

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We encourage taxpayers to take full advantage of the various programs available to ease the impact of the property tax. Some of the most common exemptions include:

Governor Extends Application Deadline For Certain Property Tax Exemptions

Governor Janet Mills signed an Executive Order extending the April 1, 2020 application deadline for certain property tax exemptions. Ordinarily, applications for certain property tax exemptions would be submitted by April 1 to be effective for a municipality’s property tax commitment. Now, the Executive Order extends the April 1, 2020 deadline to either the commitment date of the municipality or 30 days after the termination of the declared emergency, whichever occurs first. The extended application deadline includes the following property tax exemptions: Property of Institutions and Organizations (36 M.R.S. § 652); Estates of Veterans (36 M.R.S. § 653(1)(G)); Solar and Wind Energy Equipment (36 M.R.S. §§ 655(1)(U) and 656(1)(K)); Exemption of Homesteads (36 M.R.S. § 684(1)); and Exemption of Business Equipment (“BETE”) (36 M.R.S. § 693(1)).The Executive Order remains in effect until amended or rescinded. If you have any questions about the extended deadline, please contact your municipal assessor or the Property Tax Division of Maine Revenue Services at (207) 624-5600

Applications

Applications for the above exemptions must be made before April 1 of the current tax year. The Business Equipment Tax Refund (BETR) and Business Equipment Tax Exemption (BETE) programs are available to commercial properties meeting certain established criteria. See Bulletin Number 2 of the State of Maine’s Department of Property Taxation.

BETE filings need to be submitted to the Assessor’s Office by May 1st (yearly). No BETE filings will be accepted after May 1st without a written extension received from the Assessing Office.

 Please provide all homestead and other exemption applications prior to April 1st per state law for us to determine if you qualify for additional tax savings. Please mail or drop-off originals. Faxes will not be accepted. Thank you.

Assessment Date

April 1 fixes the status and situs of all taxable property in the state. (36 M.R.S.A S 502)

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