Board of Abatement
What is tax abatement?
Abatement is a statutory proces
s for relieving taxpayers from the
burden of property taxes, penalty
(collection fees) and interest when the law authorizes
abatement and when the board, in
its discretion, agrees that the re
quest is reasonable and proper.
It exists to permit the board to prevent an injustice or to help a taxpayer who faces extraordinary
circumstances that make it difficult for the taxpayer to meet his or her tax obligations.
Abatements are cautiously granted insofar as they reduce the income to the town and require the
town to either spend less or increase the taxes on the rest of the taxpayers to make up the difference. A board may abate "in whole or part" property taxes, interest or collection fees. 24 V.S.A. §1535(a).
Learn More about Abatement from the Office of the Vermont Secretary of State
Approximate Time Required for this Position:
Time Commitment: Is varied depending on situations that arise. This board does not meet frequently.
Is this an elected, appointed or a hired town position?
This is an automatically appointed position from other existing town positions.
Is this a paid town position?
This is an unpaid position.
If you would like to learn more, you can view this Vermont link.