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.
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 (August 1 and February 1).
See below for DUE DATES, how to make PAYMENTS,
current NOTICE TO PAY TAXES, current MILL RATE,
and FAQs - WHAT TO DO IF
TAX DUE DATES for 2012 Grand List
- Real Estate Taxes are payable in two installments annually. The first half is due July 1, 2013 and the second half is due January 1, 2014 for the tax period of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. A tax bill less than $100.00 is paid in one installment due July 1, 2013.
- Motor Vehicle and Personal Property Taxes are due July 1 each year in a single installment. Payment is due July 1, 2013 for the tax period of October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.
- 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, 2014 for vehicles registered between October 2, 2012 and September 30, 2013.
- 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.
- 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 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 Official Payments. Jurisdiction code is 1717. Please keep the confirmation number for your records.
- 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 Official Payments (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, 2012, (fiscal year July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014), is due and payable by July 1, 2013.
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 28, 2013. 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, August 1, 2013, which is the last day in which current property taxes may be paid without an interest charge.
The mill rate for the 2012 Grand List is 27.60 mills, established by the Town Council’s Adopted Fiscal Year 2013-2014 General Operating Budget. The 27.60 mills are equivalent to $27.60 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, you must notify the Collector of Revenue in writing.
- No longer own: If you no longer own or feel you are being improperly billed for a motor vehicle, contact the Assessor's Office 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.
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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