Chapter Land: How to Legaly Avoid Property Tax In Mass.

A little know subchapter in the Massachusetts experience is the concept of “chapter land”.

By using it, people who own substantial chunks of land, plots over 5 acres, can pay virtualy no property tax simply by once a year signing a statement saying that they used that land for “farming” purposes.

When I look around my community, I see numerous examples of vacant never walked woodlands, old long abandoned fields ect, not being accessed property tax simply because the owner (often realty trusts), knowingly  signs, under pains of penalty, a statement saying that in that forest last year were acres of vegetables or other obvious and verifyable lies.

And noone ever checks on it, the cities all nod and look the other way and the rest of us honest folks continue to pay skyrocketing tax bills.

WTF!

http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws…

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