What is Motor Excise Tax?
Chapter 60A of Massachusetts General Laws imposes an excise for the privilege of registering a motor vehicle or a trailer on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The excise is levied annually in lieu of a tangible personal property tax.

The excise is levied by the city or town where the vehicle is principally garaged, and the revenues become part of the local community treasury.

The Registry of Motor Vehicles prepares data for excise bills according to the information on the motor vehicle registration and sends it to city or town assessors. Cities and towns then prepare bills based on excise data sent by the registry in compliance with registry requirements.

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1. What is Motor Excise Tax?
2. How is the Motor Excise Tax determined?
3. Where should I mail the motor excise payment?
4. When are the payments due for Motor Excise?
5. What if I do not receive a motor excise tax bill?
6. What if I mail in my motor excise tax payment late?
7. My vehicle’s registration and my driver license have been marked for non-renewal at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, how do I clear this at the registry?
8. Can I make partial payments on motor excise?
9. What do I do if I sell or trade my car?
10. What do I do if I move out of Winchester?
11. Am I entitled to an abatement?