The Senior Citizen Volunteer Service/Tax Liability Reduction Program allows seniors (60 and over), to volunteer their services in exchange for a reduction in their property tax bill.Â Participants may earn a maximum reduction of $500.00 per fiscal year based on a rate per hour of service that cannot exceed the Commonwealthâ€™s minimum wage.
Senior Volunteer Tax Program Requirements program requirements are:
You must be a tax payer and 60 years of age or older during the tax year when the volunteering is completed and the tax reduction is credited.
To be credited, the volunteer must have an ownership interest and reside in the property year round.
Total reduction will not exceed $500.00.
Hours must be completed by October 15th of the credited year.
A CORI Release Form must accompany the application.
Volunteers will be selected by lottery.
Lottery winners will be notified of the drawing results and all other pertinent information by the Council on Aging Director shortly after the lottery.
Creditable volunteerism can start immediately following participant notification in conjunction with authorization by the Council on Aging Director.
If any selected volunteer is not able to fully participate, the Town may select another volunteer to participate up to the amount of hours not completed by the original participant.
If you are interested in this program, beginning on March 14, 2013, you can pick up an application packet at the Senior Center.Â All applications should be returned to the Senior Volunteer Tax Program, Council on Aging â€“ 35 Harvard St., Winthrop.
Applications will be accepted until the close of business on Wednesday-
April 17, 2013.
The lottery will be held at the Senior Center onÂ Â Â Wednesday â€“ April 24, 2013.
Winners will be notified by May 1, 2013.
If you have any further questions, please call the Council on Aging/Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center at: 617-846-8538 and ask for Nancy Williams, Director, Kathy Dixon, Ruth Hames or Rita Driscoll.