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Motor Vehicle Excise Tax FAQ
What are Excise Taxes?
By clicking here, you will be redirected to the Citizen Information Service web page provided by William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth.

How do I pay my Excise Taxes?
By Mail: Send a check and the payment stub in the envelope provided to: Tax Collector, P.O. Box 9187, Wellesley, MA 02481-9187. Please do not include any other correspondence as this envelope goes directly to the bank for immediate deposit.


In person: If you want a receipt or need to pay by cash or simply want to pay in person, come to the Wellesley Town Hall, 525 Washington Street, 1st Floor, Treasurer/Collector’s office between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

If you have been notified by the Registry of Motor Vehicles that you cannot renew a license or registration due to unpaid auto excise taxes, please contact the Deputy Tax Collector at (781) 828-4219.

Questions regarding the payment of your bill can be directed to the Office of the Treasurer/Collector at (781) 431-1019. ext. 2266.

What if I don't pay my Excise Tax bill?
Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 60A, the law governing motor vehicle excise collection, places the burden upon you to resolve your excise bill.  You must take one of the two actions listed below:

1. Pay the bill within thirty (30) days of the issue date and if an abatement is granted, a refund check will be sent to you within 6-8 weeks.

2. Immediately file for an abatement and pay the adjusted amount as indicated by the assessors' office within (30) days of the issue date.

Failure to pay your bill within thirty (30) days of the issue date could result in interest, penalties and possibly jeopardize your license and/or registration in the state of Massachusetts.  Penalties and interest will not be refunded.

Do I still have to pay my bill if I've moved from Wellesley?
If you lived in Wellesley on January 1 of the tax year and still reside in Massachusetts, you should pay the bill in full to the Town of Wellesley. To ensure correct future billing, change your mailing address and garaging of the vehicle with the MA RMV.  

If you moved out of state and canceled your plates with the MA RMV, send a copy of the plate cancellation receipt to the assessors' office.  If the bill has been paid, you may be eligible for a refund. If the bill has not been paid, the assessors' office will give you an adjusted amount to pay. Regardless of the plate status, the bill must be paid or abated within thirty (30) days of the date of issue to avoid penalty and interest.

What if I canceled my plates?
If you canceled your plates, please contact the assessors' office at (781) 431-1019, ext. 2275.  If the bill has been paid, you may be eligible for a refund.  If the bill has not been paid, the assessors' office will give you an adjusted amount to pay.  Regardless of the plate status, the bill must be paid or abated within thirty (30) days of the date of issue to avoid penalty and interest.

What if I transferred my plates to a new vehicle?
Please provide the assessors' office with a copy of the new registration.  If the bill has been paid, you may be eligible for a refund.  If the bill has not been paid, the assessors' office will give you an adjusted amount to pay.  The bill for the new vehicle should be paid in full.

What if I lost my plates?
All abatements are based on the plate cancellation date or transfer date on record with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.  If the plates are lost or stolen, you may either file a Lost Plate Affidavit (C-19) form with the MA RMV or cancel your plates on-line by clicking here.  The RMV will provide you with a plate cancellation receipt.  Once you've received confirmation that the plates have been canceled, please contact the assessors' office at (781) 431-1019, ext. 2275.

If the bill has been paid, you may be eligible for a refund.  If the bill has not been paid, the assessors' office will give you an adjusted amount.  Regardless of the plate status, the bill must be paid or abated within thirty (30) days of the date of issue to avoid penalty and interest.

What if I have additional questions?
Questions regarding an abatement or an adjustment to your excise tax bill should be directed to the Wellesley Board of Assessors (781) 431-1019 extension 2275.

Questions regarding payment of your excise tax bill should be directed to the Treasurer/Collector's Office (781) 431-1019 extension 2266.




Wellesley Town Hall  525 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482
Phone: (781) 431-1019
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