COLLECTOR OF REVENUE
The Collector of Revenue is responsible for collecting real estate taxes, motor vehicle taxes, personal property taxes, sewer use charges and sewer and water assessments.
Get out of line by going online to pay your tax bills
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Town will restrict admittance inside the building. The Tax Office will allow no more than one taxpayer in the office at one time.
*** Taxpayers are encouraged to pay online, by mail or use the DRIVE-UP PAYMENT BOX located in the circle of the Town Hall parking lot to help with social distancing.
Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the DRIVE-UP PAYMENT BOX located in the circle of the Town Hall parking area can be used at any time. In addition, the office remains open until 6:00 p.m. on local tax deadline days (October 1, 2020 (Due to Covid19) and February 1, 2021).
See below for DUE DATES, how to make PAYMENTS,
current NOTICE TO PAY TAXES, current MILL RATE,
and FAQs - WHAT TO DO IF
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING
MOTOR VEHICLE TAX BILLS
CT DMV and municipalities across the state are working to resolve some inconsistencies among residents’ mailing addresses and domicile (town in which vehicle is garaged) addresses.
If you received a motor vehicle tax bill from a town that you did not reside in or garage your vehicle in as of October 1, 2019, contact the Assessor’s office in that town to request a transfer to the correct town/city of residency as of October 1, 2019.
Working together to correct these discrepancies will help to eliminate or at least decrease the wait time at the DMV offices.
If your registration is due to expire within 60 days (or has already expired) and you have not received a renewal notification you must contact the DMV. If you are being reported with a tax (or other) compliance issue in a town you never lived in, you should contact the town reporting the compliance.
Check out the DMV web site at www.ct.gov/dmv/online for renewing a registration, cancelling plates, verifying your renewal status after payment of delinquent taxes, and much more.
Look up your local tax information, and pay your taxes on line!
- If a DMV RELEASE is needed to register a motor vehicle: The online payment MUST be made with a CREDIT or DEBIT CARD ONLY. A convenience fee applies.
Credit Card Payments, tax & sewer use bill lookup
NEW FEATURE! Select and click "IRS Payment Records for Year 2019" on the next page for a listing of taxes paid (by name or address) for calendar 2019!
***** Be sure to read the instructions written in RED. ****
- If a DMV RELEASE is needed to register a motor vehicle: Payment must be made with cash, a money order or a Cashier's Check at the Collector of Revenue's Office, or online through Point & Pay with a credit or debit card only. See above to pay online.
TAX DUE DATES for 2019 Grand List
- Real Estate Taxes are payable in two (2) installments annually. The first half is due July 1, 2020 and the second half is due January 1, 2021 for the tax period of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. A tax bill less than $100.00 is paid in one installment due July 1, 2020.
- Motor Vehicle and Personal Property Taxes are due July 1 each year in a single installment. Payment is due July 1, 2020 for the tax period of October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.
- Supplemental Motor Vehicle Taxes are due January 1 each year for vehicles registered after that year's assessment date (October 1) and before July 31; bills are pro-rated. Supplemental motor vehicle taxes are due on January 1, 2021 for vehicles registered between October 2, 2019 and July 31, 2020.
- Sewer Use Charge is due January 1 each year for the period covering December 1 of the previous year to November 30 of that year. Ex: Due 1/1/2020 period covers 12/1/2019 through 11/30/2020.
- Deadline for payment of all tax and sewer bills is the first day of the month following the original due date, unless otherwise stated. By law, the Town of Cheshire must charge interest on all late payments, with no exceptions; late is late.
- Cash: May be made in person at the Collector of Revenue’s Office.
- Check: Made payable to Cheshire Collector of Revenue. One check is acceptable for multiple bills. Please sign and date your check and ensure the amount is correct.
- Credit Card or E-Check: May be made online through Point & Pay. Please keep the confirmation number for your records. A convenience fee will be applied.
- The Convenience Fee Schedule is as follows:
- Credit Cards: Amex, MC, Visa, Discover 2.5% of the amount you are paying, minimum fee $2.00
- Visa Tax for Debit: (Visa Debit Card Only) $3.95 Flat Fee.
- E-Checks: Flat Fee of $1.00 - $15 Returned Check Fee for account numbers entered incorrectly.
- If a DMV RELEASE is needed to register a motor vehicle: Payment must be made with cash, a money order or a Cashier's Check at the Collector of Revenue's Office, or online through Point & Pay with a credit or debit card only. See credit card instructions above.
NOTICE TO PAY TAXES
Owners of real estate property in the Town of Cheshire, are hereby reminded that the first installment of taxes on the Grand List of October 1, 2019, (Fiscal Year July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021), is due and payable on July 1, 2020. Last day to pay the first installment is Thursday, October 1, 2020.
Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the taxpayer of the requirement to pay the statutory required interest on a late property tax payment, or avoid the real property lien the Town is required to file on the land records against all properties on which there is a tax balance due after March 31, 2021. Connecticut statutes hold that it is the duty of the owner of property to pay the tax when it is due.
For your convenience the Tax Office will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2020, which is the last day in which current property taxes may be paid without an interest charge.
The mill rate for the 2019 Grand List is 33.22 mills, established by the Town Council’s Adopted Fiscal Year 2020-2021 General Operating Budget. The 33.22 mills are equivalent to $33.22 in taxes per $1,000 of net assessed value.
FAQ - WHAT TO DO IF……………
Escrow: If you received a property tax bill that is supposed to be paid from an escrow account by your mortgage company, please call your escrow agent or mortgage company immediately. They must in turn notify the Collector of Revenue that they are responsible for this payment and arrange to have your future real estate tax bills sent to them.
- No longer own: If you received a tax bill for real estate that you no longer own, please notify the Collector of Revenue immediately at 203-271-6630.
- Address change: If you want to change your mailing address for real estate and sewer use bills only, you must notify the Collector of Revenue in writing. "An original signature is required"
- No longer own: If you no longer own or feel you are being improperly billed for a motor vehicle, contact the Assessor's Office immediately at 203-271-6620.
- Address change: If you want to change your mailing address for motor vehicle tax bills, you must do so with the State of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. Failure to make all necessary changes will cause the misinformation to carry forward on future motor vehicle tax bills.
SEWER USE BILLS:
- Questions: If you have questions about your sewer use bill, contact the Public Works Department at 203-271-6650.
- Address change: If you want to change your mailing address for sewer use bills, you must notify the Collector of Revenue in writing. "An original signature is required"
TAX RELIEF PROGRAMS:
- If you would like information on qualifications for tax exemptions, please click on Tax Relief Programs , or call the Assessor’s office at 203-271-6620.
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