It’s after Midnight February 1st!
Your Tax Bill is now considered late and a penalty has been added to your bill.
How can I pay My Bill?
The Revenue Office accepts cash, money orders or personal checks for payment at the office. If our office is closed, you can leave a check in our Drop Box outside the front door of the building. Our mailing address is 40 Old Farms Rd, Willington CT 06279 if you want to mail in a payment. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like a receipt mailed back to you. You may also pay on line at www.willingtonct.org and click on the red
button that says “View/Pay Tax Bill”. There is a convenience fee of 2.95% for credit cards and $1.95 for EFT. You can call 844-859-7566 to pay by phone, but an additional fee of 75 cents will be added above the credit card convenience fee. We do have a public access computer at Town Hall which will allow you to make a credit card payment on line.
When is my Payment Due? When is it considered Late?
Payments due January 1, 2017 must be received, or postmarked, no later than Wednesday February 1, 2017 to avoid an interest penalty.
Interest is charged at a rate of 1 ½% per month from the due date, with a minimum interest charge of $2.00. Per §12-146, Interest cannot be waived.
Why did I get a motor vehicle tax bill in December?
This is your motor vehicle supplemental bill. This bill was generated because you were issued a new motor vehicle registration, or have transferred an existing registration, at some time after Oct. 1, 2015, but before Sept. 30, 2016. You are being billed only for the number of months from your registration date until the end of the assessment year.
Why is a Marshall looking for me?
If you have a delinquent bill from July, a Demand for payment was sent to you in October. You would have received a monthly statement in August, September, November, December and January. In addition, a courtesy letter was mailed informing you that your account would be sent to the Marshall. The Revenue Office may use a Marshall to serve an Alias Tax Warrant per §12-155.
The criteria used by the Revenue Office this year was:
- You owe more than $300 in Tax
- There were no payments made in December or January
- None of your accounts are with the Collection Agency
- If you only owe motor vehicle tax and are deceased
The Marshall charges $6 plus 15% in addition to the taxes, interest and fees already due to the Town.
What am I being Taxed on?
You are being taxed on Real Estate, Personal Property and Motor Vehicles as of October 1, 2015.
Real Estate – All real property listed on the Grand List.
Personal Property – In the most general terms, personal property is everything subject to ownership, excluding land, any interest in land or any permanent improvement thereon. It is property that is not permanently affixed to or part of real estate. By its very nature then, personal property is moveable. This broad definition includes tangible items such as airplanes, campers, unregistered vehicles, items for business as furniture, fixtures, equipment, and animals.
Registered Motor Vehicles – Vehicles listed with the Department of Motor Vehicles are coded by tax town, and the Assessor is provided a list of registered vehicles annually. Willington’s Town Code is 160.
All tax bills are mailed directly to property owners unless the Tax Collector receives specific instructions to send the bill to your bank or financial institution.
Real Estate and Personal Property tax totaling $100 or more are due in two installments; July and January. Motor vehicle tax is due in one installment in July.
Supplemental Motor Vehicle tax bills were mailed in December 2016.
Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt you from paying taxes or interest per §12-130. If you do not receive a tax bill, please contact the Revenue Collector’s Office.
What if I Receive a Tax Bill for a Motor Vehicle I No Longer Own?
The motor vehicle bill you receive in July 2016 is based upon registration of that vehicle effective October 1, 2015. With the proper proof, your motor vehicle bill may be deleted if the motor vehicle was disposed of prior to October 1, 2015 or pro-rated if disposed of between October 2, 2015 and August 31, 2016. “Disposed of” includes sold, destroyed or registered out of state and not replaced with another vehicle using the same license plate. You need to submit proof to the Assessor’s Office as soon as possible to ensure credit prior to the penalty period.
In order to obtain a correction or pro-ration toward any motor vehicle assessment, you must submit two forms of proof to verify the property is no longer located in Willington under your ownership. In accordance with §12-71c(b), application for credit must be made by the December 31st two (2) years after the assessment date in which the credit situation occurred.
- Receipt from the Department of Motor Vehicles for the return of plates or indicating that a lost or stolen plate form was filed. Print outs from self cancellation are accepted
- One of the following in addition to #1 above:
- A copy of the Bill of Sale.
- A copy of the Transfer of Title
- A copy of an out of state registration.
- A statement from your insurance company indicating that the vehicle was stolen and not recovered.
- A statement from your insurance company indicating the vehicle was totaled.
- Written verification from a junk dealer.
- A copy of a purchase agreement identifying your vehicle as the trade-in vehicle.
Note: All documentation must be dated and contain the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number).
If you have any questions regarding the required proof, please contact the Assessor’s Office @ 860-487-3122 Mondays 12:30pm-7:30pm or Tuesday through Friday 9:00am-2:00pm.
What if I haven’t paid my Tax bill?
The Tax Collector may (included, but not limited to)
- Serve an Alias Tax Warrant through a Marshall
- Send to a Collection Agency that records the delinquency to the Credit Agencies
- Levy your taxable goods or chattels
- Enforce by levy and sell their real estate through either a Tax Sale or Sale of Lien
- Garnish Wages
- Bank execution – take the money from your bank account
What is a Demand Notice?
Per State Statute 12-155. Demand and levy for the collection of taxes (a) If any person fails to pay any tax within thirty days after the due date, the collector or the collector’s duly appointed agent shall make personal demand of such person therefor or leave written demand at such person’s usual place of abode or addressed to such person at such person’s last-known place of residence. If such person is a corporation, limited partnership or other legal entity, such written demand may be sent to any person upon whom process may be served to initiate a civil action against such corporation, limited partnership or entity. Demands for outstanding July bills were mailed in October.
(b) After demand has been made in the manner provided in subsection (a) of this section, the collector for the municipality, alone or jointly with the collector of any other municipality owed taxes by such person, may (1) levy for any unpaid tax or any unpaid water or sanitation charges on any goods and chattels of such person and post and sell such goods and chattels in the manner provided in case of executions, or (2) enforce by levy and sale any lien upon real estate for any unpaid tax or levy upon and sell such interest of such person in any real estate as exists at the date of the levy for such tax .A lien is a charge upon real or personal property for the satisfaction of debt. Tax liens are superior to mortgage liens, and are independent of demand for. Liens remain in effect until all taxes, interest and fees are paid in full. Liens are subject to foreclosure, tax sale and sale/assignments to a third party for collection.
What is the criteria for Tax Sale or Lien Assignment?
For a residential property, if you owe more than $3,500 or are more than two years in arrears, you will be identified for a tax sale / lien assignment. If the property is abandoned or has no residential dwelling, and you are over one year in arrears, you will be identified for a tax sale/ lien assignment. Commercial properties over one year in arrears will be identified for a tax sale/ lien assignment.
A payment plan does not exempt you from a tax sale / lien assignment.
Please note, the Tax Office will work with you on getting your debt current.