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CT State Statute 12-130
“Failure to send out or receive any such bill or statement shall not invalidate the tax.”
Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the tax payer of his/her responsibility for the payment of taxes or delinquent charges.
CT State Statute 12-146
“the delinquent portion of the principal of any tax shall be subject to interest at the rate of eighteen per cent per annum from the time when it became due and payable until the same is paid, subject to a minimum interest charge of two dollars per installment.”
Any delinquent bill will be charged interest of 18% per annum, minimum of $2, and this interest cannot be waived.
What am I being Taxed on?
You are being taxed on Real Estate, Personal Property and Motor Vehicles as of October 1, 2017.
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, boats, campers, unregistered vehicles, 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.
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.
If you wish to call in your payment, you may by calling our vendor at 844-859-7566. When prompted for your Tax Year, please enter the first 4 digits of your list number. When prompted to enter your bill number, please enter the last five digits of your bill number. An additional convenience fee of 95 cents over the payment method fee will be added. PLEASE NOTE, we do not accept credit card payments over the phone in the Revenue Office.
Please note that all online and telephone payments do charge a fee. This is a convenience fee for the service. If the town was to pay for all of the online and telephone payment fees, the Town’s Mill Rate would have to increase resulting in additional taxes for everyone. This keeps the charges to those that wish to use the service.
How is the Assessment of My Property Determined?
State law requires that all property subject to local taxation be assessed at 70% of fair market value. Real Estate assessments represent 70% of your property’s fair market value as of October 1, 2013, the date of the last completed revaluation.
What is the Grand List?
The Grand List is a listing of all taxable properties, by assessment value, located within the town on October 1st of the Grand List year. The current tax bills are based upon the 2017 Grand List, or all taxable property in the town as of October 1, 2017.
What is Revaluation?
The primary purpose of a revaluation is to eliminate any assessment inequities that may have developed since the implementation of a previous revaluation. This is accomplished by updating the assessments of real property to reflect their fair market values as of October first of the revaluation year. Upon the implementation of a revaluation, there is a balancing of a town’s real property tax burden among its taxpayers. State statute requires that all real property be revalued once every five years. The primary purpose of a revaluation is to provide the Town and its taxpayers with a fair and equitable distribution of the tax burden.
What if I Disagree With my Property Assessment?
You may file an application with the Board of Assessment Appeals, which meets annually in March to hear appeals. Motor vehicle assessment appeals will be heard in September 17, 2018 at 7pm. Please call the Assessor’s Office to make an appointment @ 860-487-3122.
What if I Receive a Tax Bill for a Motor Vehicle I No Longer Own?
The motor vehicle bill you receive in July 2018 is based upon registration of that vehicle effective October 1, 2017. With the proper proof, your motor vehicle bill may be deleted if the motor vehicle was disposed of prior to October 1, 2017 or pro-rated if disposed of between October 2, 2017 and August 31, 2018. “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.
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 is a Lien?
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. Per policy of the Revenue Office, everyone with a Real Estate Tax balance as of June 1, 2018 will receive a recorded lien. There is a $24 recording fee for the lien per State Statute 12-176.
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.
Please note, the Tax Office will work with you on getting your Town Tax debt current and eliminated.