Payments not received in the Tax Collector's Office by 4 p.m. on the due date (1 p.m. on a Friday) will be subject to interest penalty at the rate of 14% per year, daily basis, from the due date until payment is made. If you use your bank's "online payment" such as "Home Link," be aware that the town is actually sent a check. It may take up to two weeks for the Collector's office to receive the check from your bank.
Postmarks do not verify timely payment. Mail early to ensure delivery through the post office. Do not enclose cash.
Property Tax payments can now be made online from your checking account or with a credit card. This secure service is made possible through an agreement with Unibank. Certain fees will apply to credit card transactions, while there is no charge to pay from your checking account.
Checks should be made out to "Town of Middleton." Enclose the return copy of the bill with your check. Please do not enclose any other payment in the property tax envelope. If you have a change of mailing address, do not write it on your bill. Please note your property address, your parcel number, and your new mailing address on a separate piece of paper and include it with your payment.
Sign and date your check. Do not date the check ahead.
Checks cannot be held by the Collector for later deposit. A post-dated check that is processed and not honored by the bank will result in additional charges imposed by the bank and the Town.
If taxes are paid from a bank escrow account, send both copies of your bill to your bank immediately. You may request the bank to make payment in advance of the final due date.
Over half of Middleton's real estate tax payments are made by mortgage companies on behalf of property owners. In accordance with Massachusetts General Law, the tax bill is sent to the "Owner of Record," the person(s) whose name appears on the deed. The town does not send either an original tax bill or a copy to a mortgage company; it is the responsibility of the property owner to do so if requested.
First American Real Estate Tax Service pays quarterly real estate taxes for multiple mortgage companies. First American is provided with an electronic copy of the town's billing file each quarter that is used to make the payments. Therefore, mortgage companies that engage the services of First American do not request bill copies from taxpayers.
To request a receipt, enclose both copies of your bill and a stamped self-addressed envelope.