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                                        NOTICE!!!!!!                                       Starting December 4th, 2023 the credit card Vendor will change to: A Catalis (TM) Company. Please use the new website to make payments on or after this date!                                             Go to https://orange-ctmybill.com                      OR Call: (203) 902-0387 for our new Internet Voice Response System. Convenience Fees Apply! The Town does not share in Convenience Fee Revenues.  NOTE: IF YOUR COMPANY USES BANK PAYMENT BLOCKING TECHNOLOGY, please add our vendor to your approved list Merchant #0011112975 Catalis       Convenience fee rates:                                                                      .                  2.5% with credit cards including Affinity Cards bearing the Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card or American Express Logos.                                                                                    .                  1.5% for debit cards bearing the Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, or American Express logos or                                                $1.50 for an ACH Electronic Check (E-Check)  ___________________________                                                                                                                              ................................................................................................                          For Tax Office Legal Notices                                         See Left Sidebar

                            

 NOTICE TO DELINQUENT TAXPAYERS: Delinquent 2020GL year MV bills will be moved to the third party collection service soon. Pay now to avoid an additional 15% payment! Delinquent 2019 GL year motor vehicles bills have been moved to a third-party collection service. Any overdue Motor Vehicle tax from 2019 or prior must be cleared with American National Recovery Group. You will be charged an additional 15% collection fee for this service. Effective March 1, 2023 delinquent motor vehicle accounts on the 2019 Grand List and prior have been turned over to American National Recovery Group. Payments must be made through them.  Please contact them at (845) 512-8444 for a current pay off figure. You will incur a 15% collector fee on top of any late fees.  This is the same fee that a Town Constable will collect if a tax warrant is issued on your account. This rate is established by CT General Statutes, Chapter 901, 52-261. Town Constables will have a Town ID as well as their badge of office with them when attempting to collect overdue taxes. Please work with them, if they should come calling! They are on official business. Constables will make you pay any of these charges to ANRG first and then any remaining tax charges plus the Constables fees on your TOTAL collected bill including your ANRG payments, which will be collected second.

New Program!!!                                                      We are now piloting a new program in conjunction with State Department of Aging and Disability/Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind. Starting in the July Tax Cycle we will be able to mail tax bills in braille. We are looking for candidates who would like to participate!     Pre setup is required. Let your visually impaired friends, family and neighbors know of this new program!                                BRAILLE BILLING for the SIGHT IMPAIRED IS NOW AVAILABLE. Contact this office if you would like to GET YOUR TAX BILLS IN BRAILLE, pre-setup is required.

Of course we accept Cash (Office ONLY!!), personal checks, money orders, Bank Checks and online Bank checks. No foreign currency is accepted. WE ALSO RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT PAYMENT IN PENNIES AND NICKLES TO 25 CENTS OR REASONABLE AMOUNTS FOR CHANGE PURPOSES AT OUR DISCRETION.  Starting 12/4/2023 we will also be accepting credit and debit cards at the Tax Windows. Convenience fees still apply.                                                             Make sure you have your payment envelope USPS postmarked if it is close to your DUE date. Warning, make sure it is hand stamped at the Post office window. There is a delay at the USPS if you just drop it in the box! It will likely be stamped a day later in Hartford, which means you will be considered late! 

Interest is charged on all Late payments even if only one day late. Interest accrues at 1.5% per month on the outstanding balance (18% annual). Note special grace period rules. Your bills are due on either the 1st of July or 1st of January. Payments made during the grace period will not be assessed an interest charge. The grace period ends thirty one days later on the 1st of August or February or the next business day thereafter if the end of the month falls on a holiday or weekend. Starting the next business day after the grace period, the late charges include a 3% charge for both the Grace month and the current month. Interest charges are calculated based on the end of month in which payments are made. Interest Charges accrue for the full month in which late payments are made.   

 Watch for upcoming changes here!

To avoid paying interest on your tax bills, pay early, and make sure:

  • The correct bill number is listed in the memo field on all checks and online checks
  • Checks must be signed and dated. Do not send post dated checks!
  • Written amount must be legible and match the numeric amount, - if we can't read it or the numeric and written amount don't match, we can't process it
  • Your check must be written in pen WITH PERMANENT INK preferably blue or black in color.
  • Payment coupons should be enclosed with payment
  • If you pay with an online check be sure to make your financial institution aware of the due date. Make sure you know your bank's cutoff times for processing on-line checks or e-checks.  Also be aware that many 3rd party payment providers do not have the actual USPS postmark with the date on it, when they send us your payment. They are then posted as received. We are not responsible for late postings resulting in interest charges!!

As the last day to pay approaches, the office is extremely busy. If you mail in a payment U.S. postmarked on or prior to the grace period end date is considered on time even if we don't process it until after that date.

If your check is returned for any reason your original post mark doesn't apply. A replacement check must be postmarked by the end of the grace period to be considered on time.

 Online Payment Information

Motor vehicle tax clearance will take up to 10 days. For 24-hour clearance, delinquent tax bills must be paid in cash in the office between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. THERE IS NO SAME DAY CLEARANCE AVAILABLE at this time!

View Bill Online

This service is now available so you can quickly and easily inquire and view your Real Estate, Personal Property, and Motor Vehicle tax bills that are due, print a duplicate record from your computer, and look at any payments that have been made on your accounts. Go to:

https://orange-ctmybill.com

Please note that Grand List bills (1-October thru 30 September) tax bills will not be available until they are generated in mid-June. Also note that we bill in arrears. So you already have a tax obligation even though billing hasn't occurred yet! Fiduciaries, Estate Executors and Executrixes please note!

Responsibilities

The tax collector is an elected position. The Tax Collector's Office is responsible for the billing and collection of taxes that comprise the majority of the town's operating revenue. The office operates under the authority of the Connecticut General Statutes.

Taxes collected in this office include:

  • Real Estate
  • Business / personal property taxes
  • Motor Vehicle taxes

Grand List

The Grand List is a listing of all taxable property located within the town as of October 1 of the Grand List Year and its valuation on the first day of October. 

Tax Bills Schedule

Tax bills are scheduled to be mailed in June, with the first installment due July 1. The final day to pay without interest or penalty will be the last day of the grace period usually August 1.

Real Estate, Personal Property and Motor Vehicle tax bills are sent out once in June of each year. Real Estate and Personal Property greater than $100 are due semi-annually [50/50 split] (July 1 and January 1) Motor Vehicles are due in one single installment.

Coupon & Receipts

To ensure immediate and proper posting, send or bring the payment coupon of your three-part tax bill. If you want a receipt, bring the entire three-part tax bill. Payments by mail require a self-addressed stamped envelope along with the entire three-part tax bill.

Motor Vehicle Taxes

Motor Vehicle taxes are due in a single installment (July 1). The Tax Collector does not have the authority to waive interest and makes no exceptions as interest is mandated by the State of Connecticut. As owners of property, taxpayers are responsible to see that taxes are paid when due.

The time period covered by Motor Vehicle Tax Bills is October 1 through September 30. Vehicles registered between October 2 and the following July 31 will appear on a Supplemental Motor Vehicle list provided to the Assessor by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Supplemental Motor Vehicle bills are sent out in December and are due in one installment on January 1.

Delinquent

If you owe delinquent Motor Vehicle taxes on any vehicle in your name, you may not renew any registrations at the Department of Motor Vehicles without paying your taxes first. ALL past due taxes in your name must be paid in full. If you pay your past due motor vehicle taxes with a check or debit / credit card you will not receive a DMV clearance for up to 10 days. If you need clearance sooner you may pay in the Tax Collector's office with cash (only) and will receive clearance the following business day at no additional charge.

Sold Real Estate or Vehicle or MOVING?

If you sold your real estate and receive a tax bill, please contact the Tax Collector's Office. If you receive a real estate bill and you escrow your taxes, please forward the bill to your mortgage company and come to the office to have the escrow bank added to your record. IF YOU ARE MOVING, YOU MUST LET THE TAX ASSESSORS OFFICE KNOW!!! YOU WILL BE ASKED FOR YOUR NEW ADDRESS TO SEND TAX PAYMENT BILLS TO! YOU ALMOST ALWAYS HAVE A TAX BILL THAT YOU WILL OWE SINCE TAXES ARE COLLECTED IN ARREARS! THE TAX OWED CANNOT BE DETERMINED UNTIL AFTER THE TOWN'S BUDGET HAS BEEN APPROVED IN MAY!!! If you no longer own the motor vehicle on which the tax bill is based or you have moved, please contact the Assessor's Office at 203-891-4724 , 4723 or 4722. Written documentation as to the disposition of the vehicle and license plate is required by the Assessor in order to receive proper credit. Remember that when you receive a motor vehicle tax bill, nine months of the year covered by the bill have already passed.

Never Ignore a Tax Bill

Never ignore a tax bill. Taxes will remain due and interest will continue to accumulate until the bill is paid or removed by the Assessor. Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt the requirement that you pay taxes and/or interest. You are responsible for obtaining your tax bill and paying your taxes on time. Interest accumulates at 1.5% per month or partial month taxes are overdue. ALL Taxes are formally due on 1 July with 2nd payment deferments (50% of due tax) for Real Estate, Personal Property due 1 January. No additional notice will be mailed if you choose to defer these taxes.   ALL Motor Vehicles Taxes are due 1 July and do not have deferments. Motor Vehicles Changes (i.e. Buy, sell, re-register, transfer) will generate a Supplemental Motor Vehicle tax due on 1 January, you have a one month grace period to pay these taxes. If you are late you will pick up the grace month as part of your interest charges.

Additional Information:

For more information or if you have questions about what you owe, please contact the tax collector's office staff by calling 203-891-4736.

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