Senior Tax Work Off Program

Overview

The Senior Citizen Tax Work Off Program is open to senior citizens (60 years of age and older) who own property in and pay real estate taxes to the City of Northampton. The program participant’s name must appear on the property deed. Participants must complete 117 hours of service in the program year, which runs from January 1 to October 31. A $1,500 property tax credit minus the required withholdings will be applied to the participant’s real estate tax bill in the following fiscal year, not current year’s property tax bill. Applications are available in November of each year.

Program Requirements

Participants should work the required 117* hours of service to receive the total. Hours worked may not be shared with another family member. Each individual should fulfill the total hours of service obligation. However, the City of Northampton, based on need, may place the participant in more than one (1) job in order to fulfill the total hours.

*To receive the maximum $1,500 tax credit participants must work 117 hours. Working less than 117 hours results in a pro-rated tax credit based on the number of hours worked.

City of Northampton Eligibility Criteria


Income Guidelines
Household Size and TOTAL GROSS Annual Income

Household SizeMaximum Income
1$53,200
2$60,800
3$68,400
4$76,000
5$82,080
6$88,160

*To receive the maximum $1,500 tax credit, participants MUST work 117 hours. Working less than 117 hours results in a pro-rated tax credit based on the number of hours.

(Income guidelines FY19 State Median Income Guidelines)

Compensation

  • $12.75 per hour (MGL Ch.59 Section 5K)
  • Participants will receive abatement for up to 117* hours of service. Any hours worked beyond the 117 hours cannot be accumulated for the Tax Work Off Program.
  • Maximum amount of abatement is $1,500 per person per fiscal year.
  • Money earned through the Tax Work Off Program is reportable income for federal taxes only. Participants will receive a W-2 form for the amount of money earned through the program.

Taxpayer must:

  • Be sixty (60) years of age or older as of January 1, 2020
  • Only one (1) tax credit per family per calendar year is allowed
  • All hours of work must be completed by the participant. No other person can work on the senior’s behalf to fulfill hours
  • Own and occupy the property as his/her principal residence
  • Be current with property tax payments
  • Possess and identify employable skills
  • Complete the application and provide necessary income verification
  • Provide annual income eligibility verification for continuing participation in the program
  • Complete a CORI check and/or provide references if required by the work site
  • Be interviewed for job placement by Northampton Senior Services Director or designee

Job Placement for a Tax Credit Position

  • Individuals will be chosen based on the best match between the applicants qualifications and the skill requirements of each job
  • Applicants will be interviewed by the department supervisor of the position for which they have been placed. Participants must work on site.
  • There will be a two (2) week probationary period to assess the appropriateness of the placement
  • Program participants may not work for relatives who are City employees
  • Individuals previously chosen for the program may make re-application in subsequent years. No applicant is guaranteed a position. A lottery system may be used if there are more applicants than available positions
  • Time sheets will be filled out by the department supervisor each day that is worked. A final accounting of time worked will be submitted to the Senior Services Director or designee by the supervisor. Once verified, the Senior Services Director will submit to the Assessor for the abatement based on the number of hours worked.

Deadline Dates:

  • Application and Financial Information available to participants November 13, 2019
  • Application and Financial Information for January 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020 Program year deadline by: December 13, 2019
  • Participants qualifying for the Program will be notified by: January 10, 2020
  • Senior participants will be interviewed by the Senior Center Director or her designee, in January 2020 for job placement. Veteran’s will be interviewed by the Veteran’s Services Director or his designee.
  • Job site supervisor will interview participant as soon after placement as possible
  • Work may commence for participants after interviews have been completed and participant has been assigned. Work schedule will be determined by work-site supervisor and participant.

If you are applying, BOTH the Application and Eligibility Application MUST be filled out and submitted. All supporting documentation must be submitted before the application can be processed. Supporting financial records can be emailed to swright@northamptonma.gov or dropped off or sent via mail to Mayor's Office c/o Susan Wright, 210 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060. 

Forms can be obtained at the Assessor's Office at City Hall, 210 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060, Mayor's Office at City Hall, 210 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060 and Northampton Senior Services and Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060.