What is motor vehicle excise tax?

It is an annual tax for the privilege of registration. Anyone who registers a vehicle with the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will be billed based on the information supplied to the RMV on the registrant's application. Chapter 60A of the Mass. General laws imposes an excise on the privilege of registering a motor vehicle or a trailer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Non-registered vehicles remain subject to taxation as personal property. The excise is levied by the city or town where the vehicle is principally garaged and the revenues becomes part of the local community treasury. The RMV prepares data for excise bills according to the information on the motor vehicle registration and sends it to the Town Assessors. Bills are then prepared based on the excise data sent by the RMV.

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1. What is motor vehicle excise tax?
2. Who must pay?
3. What is the rate?
4. How are vehicles valued?
5. How often will I get an excise tax bill?
6. Who qualifies for an abatement?
7. How are abatements figured?
8. Who qualifies for an exemption?
9. Where and when must I file for an abatement / exemption?
10. When is payment due?
11. What happens if my payment is late?
12. How does non-payment of motor vehicle excise affect license and registration?
13. What if I have moved out of Southborough?
14. What if I sold my car?
15. What if I traded my car?
16. What if my car is stolen?