Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Bills
A person who does not receive a bill is still liable for the excise plus any interest charges accrued (M.G.L. Chapter 60A, Section2). Therefore, it is important to keep the Registry and the post office informed of current name and address changes so that excise bills can be delivered promptly. It is the responsibility of the owner to contact the Tax Collector if he/she has not received a bill.
The State has issued a guidebook on Massachusetts Excise Tax (click the link above). It includes information on how your vehicle is valued and steps needed for an abatement of the tax. The RMV provides the Cities and Towns with the information on your Excise Tax Bill. If you have questions regarding the valuation, contact the RMV.
If you have moved out of Gardner, be sure that you have changed your registration and garaging to your new community, otherwise, you will get an excise tax bill from Gardner (see note below).
If you have gotten rid of a vehicle, but have not cancelled the plate, you will get an excise tax bill.
Pay Your Current Excise Tax Bill
Online - Bills can be paid online, until they are turned over to the Deputy Collector for payment.
In Person: We accept payment for excise tax warrants at City Hall
or By Mail
Bills are generated for those who have their address and/or the garaging of the vehicle in Gardner. It is the vehicle owner's responsibility to update all of their information with the RMV, including an address acceptable to the USPS for accurate delivery. The City is unable to make any changes to the information, as it appears, on the excise tax bill.
Pay Past Due Excise Tax Bills
Payment of the motor vehicle excise is due 30 days from the date the excise bill is issued (not mailed). A person who does not receive a bill is still liable for the excise plus any demand and interest charges accrued.
Online: Past due bills that are not marked at the registry can be paid online only after receiving notice from Kelly & Ryan. If the bill has been marked at the registry, it may be paid in person with cash or a money order, or online at townpay.com.
In Person: We accept payment for excise tax warrants at City Hall OR or you may pay at Kelley and Ryan’s offices located in Leominster (RMV), Lowell, Beverly, Lawrence, Brockton, Taunton, Hopedale, Springfield or Worcester. Please call the Deputy’s office at (508) 473-9660 for directions to their payment offices.
or By Mail
What Happens If Payment is Late and Not Paid
If the bill remains unpaid and outstanding more than thirty (30) days after its issue date, it will continue to accrue interest and other charges and fees for which you will be responsible. Your driver’s license and/or vehicle registration will also be submitted to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles for non-renewal action.