There are several exemptions from Motor Vehicle Excise Tax:
A handicapped nonveteran
who has the loss or permanent loss of use of both arms, both legs or is
blind in both eyes, who can provide a doctor’s letter to the Board of
Assessors can apply for an exemption from the tax. These persons may or
may not have a handicap plate, It is not the plate that provides the
exemption, it is the person’s condition.
A disabled veteran
who has a service connected loss or permanent loss of use of 1 or both
arms, or 1 or both legs or is blind in 1 or both eyes, can apply for the
exemption. A letter or certificate from the VA is necessary for
documentation. In this case, the veteran may or may not have a disabled
veteran’s plate. It is their condition that provides for the exemption.
This exemption is limited to 1 motor vehicle owned and registered for
personal, non-commercial purposes.
Another exemption pertaining to veterans is for certain disabled veterans.
The Registry of Motor Vehicles has a Medical Advisory Board who, upon
application by a veteran, will determine if they have a condition, other
than those noted above, that they feel warrants a disabled veteran’s
plate be issued. The veteran does not have to have a disabled veteran’s
plate in order to obtain the exemption but must have the decision of the
Medical Advisory Board stating the veteran is qualified for 1. This
exemption is limited to 1 motor vehicle owned and registered by the
veteran for personal, non-commercial purposes.
If a serviceman is legally domiciled
in a state other than Massachusetts, but is stationed in Massachusetts,
and has a vehicle registered, their motor vehicle excise tax bill can
be abated. They will have to provide a letter from the commanding
officer indicating the state of the legal domicile.
exemptions shall be for only 1 vehicle owned and registered by the
person seeking the exemption and shall be for personal and