When will I receive my Senior Work-off Abatement?

All hours must be completed between January 1st and November 30th. You will receive a certificate of completion and a W-2 by January 31st of the following year. The abatement is applied to the following year’s tax bill (i.e. hours worked and credit earned between January 1, 2019 and November 30, 2019 will be applied to FY 2020 beginning on July 1, 2019). Therefore, you will be able to use it for your remaining unpaid taxes for your third and fourth quarter bill (which will be split in half between the two quarters). However, you will not see it credited on your bill statement until your fourth quarter bill dated May 1st.

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1. At what age can you apply for the SWAP?
2. Do I have to own the property in order to apply for the SWAP?
3. Is there a minimum amount of years I have to own and occupy a property in East Longmeadow to apply for the SWAP?
4. Will I be able to participate in the SWAP if I owe back taxes?
5. What is the maximum amount of hours I could work during the year in the SWAP?
6. How will my hours worked in the SWAP be documented?
7. Can more than one qualifying owner participate in the SWAP per fiscal year?
8. What happens if I am participating in the SWAP and due to circumstances, I cannot complete all of the hours?
9. Where can I obtain an application for the SWAP?
10. Will everyone who applies receive a position in the SWAP?
11. When should I submit my completed application for the SWAP?
12. Where do I submit my completed application?
13. The application says that a CORI & SORI check will be done. What is a CORI & SORI check and why is one being done?
14. Am I ensured this position from year to year?
15. Who is responsible for administering SWAP?
16. When will I receive my Senior Work-off Abatement?
17. Since participation in the SWAP is considered income earned, will there be taxes deducted?
18. Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
19. What if I sell my property before I see the abatement on my real estate taxes?
20. Will I qualify to participate in the SWAP program if I currently receive a Statutory Exemption on my real estate taxes?
21. If I do not receive a SWAP position can I still volunteer with no compensation?