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What am I being Taxed on?
You are being taxed on Real Estate, Personal Property and Motor Vehicles as of October 1, 2017.
Why did I receive a Tax Collector’s Demand Notice?
If you have not paid your July 2018 Tax bill (2017 Grand List), you received a Demand Notice.
So what does this mean?
You have until Wednesday, October 31st to pay your delinquent taxes. If you have been paying monthly on your real estate bill, your demand may have an extended date. If you fail to pay by the due date, the Tax Collector may (included, but not limited to)
1. Serve an Alias Tax Warrant through a Marshall
2. Send to a Collection Agency that records the delinquency to the Credit Agencies
3. Levy your taxable goods or chattels
4. Enforce by levy and sell their real estate through either a Tax Sale or Third Party
5. Garnish Wages
6. 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.
(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.
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.
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 Mil Rate would have to increase, resulting in additional taxes for everyone. This keeps the credit card fees 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 were heard on September 17, 2018 at 7pm. Please call the Assessor’s Office @ 860-487-3122 with any questions.
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 $3,000, 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.