Tax Collector

 See sidebar for RFP 12373 Documents                The second round of Delinquency Notices have been sent out. REAL PROPERTY TAX LIENS WILL BE ISSUED SHORTLY ON PAST DUE REAL ESTATE TAX BILLS. Collection activities will begin shortly. This may involve Town Constables, State Marshalls, third party collection agencies etc. This will increase your bill by at least 15%! ....................................................................................                                           Legal Notice

Town of Orange

 

The first installment of the town tax on the Grand List of 1 October 2021 is due and payable on 1 July 2022. Payments received after 1 August 2022 are considered delinquent and are subject to the rate of 18% per annum, 1.5% per month dating back to the original due date. Motor Vehicle bills are payable in one installment. Real Estate and Personal Property taxes are payable in two installments with ½ due on 1 July and the second installment on 1 Jan 2023. All taxes may be paid in one installment.

As owners of property, taxpayers are responsible to see that taxes are paid when due. FAILURE TO RECEIVE A TAX BILL DOES NOT EXEMPT YOU FROM PAYMENT OF ALL INTEREST CHARGES AND COLLECTION COSTS, per Connecticut General Statutes 12-130, 12-148.

 

Payments maybe processed in person Monday-Friday except holidays from 8:30 a.m. -12 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Tax Collector’s Office, Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Rd, Orange, CT. Bring your entire three-part tax bill if you wish a receipt. A payment coupon or duplicate bill must accompany each payment. There is a $2.00 fee charged for each duplicate bill requested.

Payments may also be made by mail. The receipt date will be that of the USPS date on the envelope. Only USPS stamped dates are considered valid. If a receipt is desired a self-addressed stamped envelope and your three-part bill must be included with your payment. We do not accept CASH payments through the mail!

E-checks, Credit and Debit Card payments are only accepted on-line (fees apply).

Town of Orange - Tax Bills Search & Pay (mytaxbill.org) https://www.mytaxbill.org/inet/bill/home.do?town=orange

Online payments from credit cards may experience up to 10 days hold time for DMV releases.

Exact change is preferred when using CASH at our windows. (Payment in minor coinage [pennies or nickels] is limited to 25 cents or as acceptable to the Tax Collector.)

Thomas P. Hurley, Tax Collector                               

 NOTICE TO DELINQUENT TAXPAYERS: Delinquent 2019 motor vehicles bills will soon be moving to third party collection status and cost you as a minimum an additional 15% collection fee. Pay now to avoid this additional charge.   Effective May 1, 2021 delinquent motor vehicle accounts on the 2018 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. 

Hi, I'm Tom Hurley, your elected Tax Collector, and I welcome you to our site. I would like you to know that we have several convenient ways to pay your tax bills and to see your tax bills. To see your tax bill use the credit card payment option on this site!                                 https://www.mytaxbill.org/inet/bill/home.do?town=orange  If you choose to continue and pay on the site,  it will take debit, credit or e-checks for payment. Our Point and Pay service provider will apply a surcharge to your account for this service. This money does not go to the Town.

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.  Make sure you have your envelope USPS postmarked on your payment if it is close to your DUE date. 

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
  • Payment coupon should be enclosed with payment
  • If you pay with an online check be sure to make your financial institution aware of the due date
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 August 1, 2022, it 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 August 1, 2022 to be considered on time.

Online Payment Information

View information (PDF) about online payment of taxes, available beginning February 16, 2016. There is a fee associated. Motor vehicle tax clearance will take up to 11 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://www.mytaxbill.org/inet/bill/home.do?town=orange

Please note that Grand List 2021 (1-October 2021 thru 30 September 2022) tax bills will not be available until they are generated in mid-June 2022. Also note that we bill in arrears. So you already have a tax obligation even though billing hasn't occurred yet! 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. The annual budget for the Town of Orange FY 2022 / 2023 passed, thereby setting the 2021 Grand List Mill Rate at 32.71 mills for Real Estate, Personal Property, and state capped 32.46 mills for Motor Vehicles.


Tax Bills Schedule

Tax bills are scheduled to be mailed in June, with the first installment due July 1, 2022. The final day to pay without interest or penalty will be August 1, 2022.

The Office of Policy and Management has indicated that outside the provision of 12-163 (Jeopardy) of the Connecticut State Statute, tax collectors are not authorized to accept early payments.

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).

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 (debit / credit card online only) you will not receive a DMV clearance for up to 11 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.

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.