Tax Collector / Treasurer

The Treasurer’s office is responsible for the receipt, posting, classifying, depositing and investment of all money belonging to the town. Payroll is prepared bi-weekly and vendor checks are issued weekly. Other responsibilities include administration of Tax Title & Foreclosure accounts, Debt Service, Trust Funds, Investments and bank account reconciliation.

The Collector’s office is responsible for collecting all taxes committed by the Assessors’ office. All payments are recorded, posted, updated and deposited daily.  The Collectors staff is committed to providing our customers with up to date information on their accounts in an effective and efficient manner – using guidelines established by the Department of Revenue.

Informational about:

Motor Vehicle Excise Tax

Real Estate & Personal Property Tax Payment Information

Fiscal Year: The Town of Pepperell's fiscal tax year runs July 1st – June 30th each year.

Taxes are due as follows:

  Preliminary Tax (Estimated) Actual Tax
Due Date August 1st November 1st February 1st May 1st
Quarter 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Months included July

The calculation of tax bills is done by the Assessor’s office. Once calculated, the Assessor’s commit the bills to the Tax Collector’s office for collection. Since the Tax Collector’s office is not involved in the assessment process, our office is not able to provide tax relief. All tax abatements and exemptions must be granted by the Assessor’s office.

Preliminary Tax Bills: The 1st and 2nd quarter tax bills are called Preliminary Bills and are based on each property’s previous fiscal year taxes including betterments, liens and assessments. These are estimated bills only.

Actual Tax Bills: The 3rd and 4th quarter tax bills are called Actual Tax Bills. These bills are calculated by multiplying the assessed value of each property by the new tax rate, (set at Fall Town Meeting), minus any preliminary tax payments.

Betterments/Sewer Liens: Betterment and lien charges are assessed annually in the 3rd quarter bill. As per Massachusetts General Law, betterments and liens are considered part of your real estate tax and previous fiscal year betterment/lien payments must be included in preliminary tax calculations. Betterments and liens can affect your monthly mortgage escrow payments. Taxpayers should contact their mortgage company directly for information on their particular situation.

Late Payments: Per Massachusetts General Law, interest is charged at the rate of 14% per annum. There is NO grace period with real estate and personal property taxes. Interest is accrued beginning at midnight on each due date. Payments are considered made when received by the Tax Collector – not postmarked.

Receipts: To receive a receipt when paying by mail, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your payment. Bring your entire bill with you when paying in person.

Abatements: Please contact the Assessor's office for more information or an application.

Exemptions: Certain property owners may qualify for an exemption on their real estate taxes. Please contact the Assessor's office for more information or an application.


About Online Tax Payments

Kelley & Ryan is a secure tax payment service used by several municipalities, including the Town of Pepperell, that allows you to pay taxes online. When you follow the link to pay your taxes a new browser window will open to the Kelley & Ryan website. There, you can select which tax bill you wish to pay.

You will need:

  • your tax bill.
  • either: your checking account number and bank's ABA Routing number or a credit card (including the 3-digit security code from the back of the card).
  • an email address so a confirmation can be sent to you at the completion of your payment.

Fees Charged/Not Charged:

  • You will not be charged a transaction fee if you pay by direct transfer from your checking account. You will need to provide your bank's ABA Routing Number and your checking account number.
  • You will be charged a fee for using Kelley & Ryan's service if you pay by Credit Card. You will enter your credit card information just as you would with any other online purchase. The fee amount for using a credit card is:

                       3.20% of transaction amount (minimum $3.00)

For more information about the Kelley & Ryan service visit or contact the Pepperell Tax Collector's Office at 978-433-0337 or