I recently sold my property and am still receiving a Real Estate or Personal Property tax bill – why, and what should I do?

If you sold your property on a date that is close to a tax due date, more than likely real estate bills were printed (with the prior owner’s name) prior to the transaction, and/or the Assessor’s Office hadn’t received the recorded deed from the Registry of Deeds. If you are unable to forward the bill to the new owners please return the bill to the Collector’s Office, 2500 State Hwy Eastham, MA 02642 (with a quick note informing us of property transfer) so we may forward the bill to the appropriate party. Please do so immediately for it is very important that the party responsible receive the bill in a timely manner.


If you received a personal property tax bill and were the legal owner as of the prior January, you are responsible for the entire Fiscal Year. For Example - You are the legal owner of a property 1/1/2021 and sell the property 8/15/21. You will be responsible for entire FY22 (7/1/21 - 6/30/22) Personal Property bill.

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1. What is the Tax Rate for Fiscal Year 2024 (7/1/2023-6/30/2024)?
2. When are the Real Estate/Personal Property Tax bills mailed?
3. When are the Real Estate/Personal Property Taxes due?
4. Can I pay my Real Estate tax for the entire year at one time?
5. To whom should I make my check payable, and can I write one check for more than one tax bill?
6. Where should I mail payment if I am paying late?
7. Why is the payment coupon address in Boston, MA?
8. My Real Estate taxes are paid by my mortgage company, why am I getting the tax bill?
9. Do I need to send my Real Estate tax bill to my mortgage company?
10. I am the new owner of the property, why is the prior owners name still on the Real Estate bill?
11. What are Personal Property taxes?
12. What if I didn’t receive or misplaced my Real Estate/Personal Property Tax bill?
13. How can I change my mailing address?
14. I recently sold my property and am still receiving a Real Estate or Personal Property tax bill – why, and what should I do?
15. Is there a grace period on the Real Estate/Personal Property tax bills?
16. Do you accept postmarks for payment date receipt?
17. Can I make partial payments on Real Estate/Personal Property?
18. What are the interest rates for past due Real Estate/Personal Property bills?
19. I received a Real Estate/Personal Property Demand notice. Why?
20. My Real Estate taxes were delinquent, and my mortgage company paid them. Can they do this?
21. What is a CPA Tax?
22. I paid off my mortgage/equity, and need to release the lien on my property, where do I go to do this?
23. What are Real Estate Billing Steps?
24. What are Personal Property Billing Steps?
25. How do I get a receipt of payment?