If the vehicle is totaled the owner may be entitled to an abatement if he/she provides the Assessor's office with a copy of the following documentation:
- Insurance Company documentation stating the vehicle is a total loss and showing the date of loss
- Plate Return Receipt from the Registry of Motor Vehicles or New Registration if plate was transferred
- A completed application for a motor vehicle excise tax abatement
Contact the Assessor's Office at 978-540-2410 for an application for abatement or you can fill in and print out a Motor Vehicle Abatement Application Form from the Assessor's web page. Follow the directions on the form and send it to:
P.O. Box 1305
Littleton, MA 01460
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, nor shall an abatement or refund under Section 1 of Chapter 60A reduce an excise tax to less than $5.
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.