Frequently asked questions from City of Boston

Are there any exceptions for Motor Vehicle Excise Tax in Boston?

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Massachusetts State law allows motor vehicle excise tax exemptions for vehicles owned by certain disabled people and veterans, former prisoners of war and their surviving spouses, and charitable organizations. To find out if you qualify, call the Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center at 617-635-4287.

How is the excise amount determined?

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The state’s Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) sends information to the City of Boston every year, which is used to calculate the amount of the excise bill. By law, the RMV determines the value of each motor vehicle and trailer using the list price and age of the vehicle and trailer.

Is the excise tax of my car related to it's value?

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You are taxed at a rate of $25 per thousand dollars of your car’s value. If you registered your car after January 31, you are taxed from the month that you registered your car until the end of the calendar year. For example, if you register your car on April 20, you will be taxed for nine months of the year, from April 1 until December 31.

Who can register to vote?

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You may submit an online application to register or pre-register to vote in Massachusetts if:

  • You are a citizen of the United States; and
  • You are 16 years old; and
  • You are not currently incarcerated by reason of a felony conviction.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Where can I find all the information about cases reported?

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You can find more information about the cases in Massachusetts here

How to Apply for a Resident Parking Permit Online Online in the City of Boston?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for a Resident Parking Permit Online Online here.

How to Pay Personal Property Tax Online in the City of Boston?

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How to Get a Dog License Online in the City of Boston?

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How to Pay Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Online in the City of Boston?

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How to Pay for Parking Citation Online in the City of Boston?

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How to Driver License Renewal Online in the City of Boston?

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How to Apply for Unemployment benefits Online in the City of Boston?

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How to Register to Vote Online in the City of Boston?

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How to Corona COVID-19 Response Online in the City of Boston?

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How to Renew Vehicle Registration Online in the City of Boston?

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