Real estate exemption forms for the blind, veterans with service-related disability, surviving spouse, and elderly — 70 years of age or older as of July 1 — will be available after July 1.

July 1 is the statutory requirement date of qualification for an exemption. Financial information for Clause 17D and 41C for fiscal 2017 is based on Social Security and pension information for 2015 and bank balances, etc. as of July 1.

First-time applicants must bring the following:

Proof of age of 70 years or older.

Blind person: Massachusetts Commission of the Blind Certificate.

Veterans: Copy of discharge papers and disability information.

Surviving spouse: Copy of death certificate.

Information: Assessor's Office at 413-662-3000, ext. 3012.