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Tax break extension could help persuade Dunkin’ to keep HQ in Canton, town official says

Workers at a Saugus Dunkin’ Donuts.

Charlie Mahoney for Globe/file

Workers at a Saugus Dunkin’ Donuts.

Dunkin’ Brands Group, the corporate parent of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, is exploring options for relocating its headquarters, but will probably stay in Canton if the town extends a tax break, a Canton official said.

“Dunkin’ Brands is doing due diligence and would like to remain in the community, but as part of their management of their organization, they are looking outside of Canton as well,” Gene Manning, head of Canton’s Economic Development Committee, told selectmen Tuesday.

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He said the company has been courted by the University Station complex in Westwood.

The company’s headquarters building at 130 Royall St. is owned by Boston-based H.N. Gorin, which is asking the town to extend the current 10-year tax increment financing deal for five years.

The tax break reduces H.N. Gorin’s annual property tax payments by 20 percent, Manning said, and a five-year extension would likely be the final negotiating point to get Dunkin’ Brands to agree to a 15-year lease agreement.

Canton’s Board of Assessors has recommended a five-year extension, and selectmen voted to support the recommendation, with the condition that it leads to a 15-year lease.

Town Meeting approval is needed for the extension to take effect.

Dunkin’ Brands spokesman Karen Raskopf declined to comment Wednesday about whether the tax deal would lead to a lease agreement.

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