Clerk/Treasurer’s Office

Property Tax Abatement


The completed tax abatement request form must be submitted to the clerk/treasurer's office. The City of Burlington Board of Tax Abatement (BTA) is comprised of the city council, the mayor, and the city assessor. A three member committee will review requests and make recommendations to the full board.

The filing of this form doesn't suspend the collection of any property tax, penalties, interest, or delinquency. Pay the tax due, in full, to avoid an imposition of interest and penalties. Unpaid taxes and/or penalties will continue to accrue interest.

The BTA meets several times throughout the year generally, Sept/Oct., Nov/Dec. and Feb. Following receipt of your abatement request, the assessor's office will notify you, prior to the next closest date, of the date, time, and place that the committee will review your request. Requests must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the next hearing date. You may offer testimony at the committee's meeting, although; testimony and attendance is not required. However, testimony may help the committee make a more informed decision.

Following this meeting, the committee will make a recommendation to the full BTA suggesting they grant, deny, or deny with adjustment the abatement request. The clerk's office will notify you of the date, time, and place the BTA will make a final decision on your request. A final chance to offer testimony is available at this meeting. The BTA may choose to abate all, part, or none of the taxes, interest, and penalties due; it is under no obligation to grant any abatement request. If the BTA denies a request, the taxpayer will be liable for all additional interest and/or penalties. In most circumstances, if the BTA grants the request, taxes and penalties paid previously may be refunded or credited to an account.

The BTA's decisions follow criteria from Title III, Article 15 section 42 of the city charter

  • is the tax illegal?
  • is the tax manifestly unjust?
  • is the tax uncollectable?
Please complete the form and provide a copy of the following four items:
  1. your tax bill,
  2. a payment history report (attained through the clerk/treasurer's office),
  3. a property record card (assessment card) and,
  4. any other applicable documents.
The applicant is responsible for supplying evidence to support an abatement request. The committee or BTA may request from the taxpayer/owner financial information, information about the condition of the property, insurance, photographs, a physical inspection of the property, medical bills, etc. Requested information should be provided no less than two weeks prior to any meeting review.
You will be notified in writing of the committee recommendation to the board and subsequently of the BTA's decision. The taxpayer may appeal the board's decision to The Vermont Superior Court in accordance with Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure rule 75.