If the vehicle is stolen and not recovered within 30 days, the owner will be entitled to an abatement if he/she provide the Assessor’s office with a copy of the following documentation:
- Insurance Company Settlement Letter and
- C-19 form (Affidavit of Lost or Stolen Plates) from the Registry of Motor Vehicles or New Registration if plate transferred
Falsely reporting the theft of a motor vehicle or trailer will result in severe penalties and a person may be charged up to three times the excise due on the vehicle for an entire year.
Contact the Assessor’s Office at (978) 534-7531 for an application for abatement or you can fill in and print out a Motor Vehicle Abatement Application Form. Follow the directions on the form and send it to the Assessor’s Office at 25 West Street, City Hall, Room 9, Leominster, MA 01453.
The Assessor’s Office can then adjust the bill to reflect the ownership for only part of the year, and grant the proper abatement. The bill is prorated back to the last day of the month in which the vehicle was owned and the excise bill on the new vehicle will be prorated as of the date the new vehicle was registered. In no event shall the excise abatement be for less than $5.00, nor shall an abatement or refund under Section 1 of Chapter 60A reduce an excise tax to less than $5.00.
Note: It is important to remember that the bill for a vehicle you no longer own should not be ignored. On unpaid excise tax bills, an owner risks incurring late fees and penalties if an abatement is not granted.