Property Tax Collection
Residents of the Town of Easton may pay their real estate taxes and personal property taxes anytime online or at the Town Office during regular business hours of 8 AM to 4:30 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8 AM to 6 PM on Tuesday, and 8 AM to 3 PM on Friday. To view tax parcel maps, click here.
The property tax due date for the 2020-2021 tax year is 10/01/2020.
Property Tax Cards
2023 Property Tax Cards In alphabetical order
Most homeowners whose principal residence is in Maine are entitled to a $25,000 reduction in valuation (adjusted by the community’s ratio of valuation to actual market sales). Using the 2021 tax rate, if you qualify for this homestead exemption, your property taxes would be reduced by approximately $405.00. The actual amount of the reduction will, of course, be based on next year’s tax rate.
To qualify you, the taxpayer, need to fill out an application certifying that your home in Easton is your permanent residence. You cannot claim residency in more than one community in Maine or in another state. You must also have owned and resided in a Maine homestead for the past 12 months.
It is a simple form. Just fill in the blanks for your name, address, property description, and check off the items that attest this property is your principal residence. Return the form to Easton Town Office, PO Box 127, Easton, ME 04740.
You must return this form to qualify. The municipality is not allowed to give you this exemption without proof of your application. To download or print the homestead application, click here.
A property tax exemption is available to Veterans age 62 or over, to Veterans under 62 if they are certified by the Veterans Administration Office to be totally disabled, or to the un-remarried widow or minor child of any veteran who would be entitled to such exemption if living, or who is in receipt of a pension or compensation from the Federal Government as the widow or minor child of a veteran.
Persons not already receiving this exemption who wish to apply should do so at the Town Office no later than April 1st. Persons receiving such an exemption are not required to apply annually.
The maximum property valuation exemption for veterans or their widows whose service period was prior to or during World War I, is $7,000. For Veterans or their widows whose service period is after World War I, the maximum property valuation exemption is $6,000. To download or print an Application for Veteran Exemption, click here. To download or print an Application for Exemption for Widow, Widower, Minor Child or Widowed Parent of a Veteran, click here.
Personal Property Inventory Listings
Property Tax Stabilization Program For Seniors
Property Tax Stabilization for Seniors
Recently enacted legislation adds a new property tax relief option for Maine residents 65 years or older.
PL 2021, c. 751 (to be codified at 36 M.R.S. § 6281), requires municipalities to “stabilize” – meaning freeze – the property tax responsibility of eligible taxpayers at the amount billed the preceding tax year. If taxes assessed on eligible property exceed the “stabilized” amount, the state must reimburse municipalities 100% of the difference.
An eligible taxpayer must: (1) be 65 years or older, (2) be a permanent Maine resident as defined in the Maine Resident Homestead Property Tax program (“Homestead Program”), and (3) have owned a qualifying homestead in Maine for at least 10 years prior to application. “Stabilization” applies only to property occupied by an eligible taxpayer which is eligible for a Homestead Program exemption for the property tax year during which stabilization is requested. The law includes no limits on an applicant’s income or the market value of the homestead property.
Taxpayers must annually apply for the program by the December 1st preceding the property tax year (beginning on April 1st) for which stabilization is requested. Eligible taxpayers may also transfer stabilization benefits to new homesteads established within Maine.
Note that the law does not freeze an eligible homestead’s property tax valuation or the taxpayer’s tax assessment; municipal assessors must continue to record the property’s just value in each annual property tax commitment. The law merely freezes the amount an eligible taxpayer may be billed by the municipality.
Taxpayers may begin applying for the program upon the law’s effective date (August 8, 2022) until December 1, 2022. However, “stabilization” will first apply only to property taxes committed during calendar year 2023 (based on an assessment date of April 1, 2023). Tax bills issued based on property taxes committed during calendar 2022 will not be affected.
The Maine Revenue Services Property Tax Division has issued an application form and program guidance on its website at: https://www.maine.gov/revenue/taxes/tax-relief-credits-programs/property-tax-relief-programs/stabilization-program .