Tax Collector's Office
For the assessment of October 1, 2012, the Mill Rate is 31.286.
The Tax Collector’s Office provides billing and collection of real estate, personal property, and motor vehicle taxes. We also bill and collect sewer assessments and sewer usage. Tax bills are not available online. The most convenient way to pay your tax bill is by mail.
The Tax Office does not accept credit or debit cards at this time. If you wish to pay by credit card, please visit www.officialpayments.com or call 1-800-272-9829. Use Jurisdiction Code 1736. This is a fee based service.
During the months of July and January you may experience lines at Town Hall. You should expect to wait in line if you are coming during this period. Lines are longest at lunchtime and as the last day to pay approaches. When paying in person, please have all your bills with you for faster service.
Fire Tax Information
Fire Tax Information is not available at the Tax Collector’s office. You must contact your Fire Tax District Collector directly:
Long Hill Fire District 203-261-3912
Trumbull Center Fire District 203-445-0886
Nichols Fire District 203-378-0450
Real Estate, Personal Property, Motor Vehicle and Sewer Assessments
Real Estate, Personal Property, Motor Vehicle and Sewer Assessment bills are sent out once in June of each year. Each tax bill totaling $100 or less is due in a single installment on July 1. Real Estate bills greater than $100 are due in quarterly installments on July 1, October 1, January 1, and April 1. Motor Vehicle bills and Personal Property tax bills greater than $100 are due in semi-annual installments on July 1 and January 1.
Sewer Usage bills are billed quarterly in February, May, August, and November of each year and are due 30 days from the date billed. These bills are based on actual water consumption reported by Aquarion Water Company. Contact Aquarion Water Company at 203-337-5910 with any questions concerning water consumption.
Taxes are due 30 days from the due date. For example, taxes due on July 1 are payable by August 1. You have a one month “grace” period in which to pay without penalty. Past due payments are subject to interest at the rate of 1 ½% per month (maximum 18% per annum) from the due date of the tax. As required by law, payments made on August 2 and later, including payments postmarked August 2 and later are considered past due and will incur 3% interest, representing two months delinquency (July and August). Payments bearing the postmark of August 1 are considered on time. The Town is required by law to accept postmark as the date of payment.
If your bill states “BACK TAXES DUE”, there are past due taxes in your name or on the parcel of property in question. Contact the Tax Collector’s office for an update on the amount owed. Back taxes and interest must be paid in full before payment on current bills can be accepted. By state law, any payment you send in toward current bills will be applied to the back taxes first.
The Tax Collector does not have the authority to waive interest and makes no exceptions as interest is mandated by the State of Connecticut. As owners of property, taxpayers are responsible to see that taxes are paid when due.
If you sold your real estate and receive a tax bill, please contact the Tax Collector’s office. If you receive a real estate bill and you escrow for taxes, please forward the bill to your mortgage company. If you no longer own the motor vehicle on which the tax bill is based or you have moved, please contact the Tax Assessor’s office at 203-452-5016. Written documentation as to the disposition of the vehicle and license plates is required by the Tax Assessor in order to receive proper credit. Remember that when you receive a motor vehicle tax bill, nine months of the year covered by the bill have already passed.
The time period covered by Motor Vehicle Tax Bills is October 1 through September 30. Vehicles registered between October 2 and the following July 31 will appear on a Supplemental Motor Vehicle list provided to the Tax Assessor by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Supplemental Motor Vehicle bills are sent out in December and are due in one installment on January 1. There will be an additional $2.00 charge for each motor vehicle bill reported delinquent to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
If you owe delinquent property taxes on any vehicle in your name, you may not renew any registrations at the Department of Motor Vehicles without paying your taxes first. All past due taxes in your name must be paid in full by cash, bank check, or money order for an immediate clearance stamp or release form. For payments made by personal check, clearance will be given after ten business days. All outstanding vehicle taxes in your name, including taxes not yet delinquent, must be paid, including a release fee, in order for a release to be issued. This includes the January installment.
Never ignore a tax bill. Taxes will remain due and interest will continue to accumulate until the bill is paid or removed by the Tax Assessor. Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt taxes or interest. You are responsible for obtaining your tax bill and paying your taxes on time.
Quick Reference Guide
Real Estate taxes due quarterly, July 1, October 1, January 1, and April 1
Motor Vehicle Taxes due semi-annually – July 1 and January 1 for vehicles registered as of October 1
Supplemental Motor Vehicle taxes due annually – January 1 for vehicles registered between October 2 and July 31
Personal Property taxes (Business) due semi-annually, July 1 and January 1
Sewer Assessment due quarterly – July 1, October 1, January 1, and April 1
Sewer Use billed quarterly on actual consumption – February, May, August, and November
Penalty interest – 1 ½% per month (18% per annum) from the original due date on all delinquent taxes, sewer use, and assessments.
DMV reporting fee - $2.00 charge for each bill reported delinquent to the Department of Motor Vehicles. For an immediate Motor Vehicle Clearance, payments must be paid in cash, by bank check or by money order.
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5866 Main St.
Trumbull, CT 06611
Phone: (203) 452-5024
Fax: (203) 452-5082
Monday through Friday
8:00a.m – 7:00p.m.,
during month of July only.
Assistant Tax Collector/WPCA
Delinquent Tax and Deferral Administrator
Real Estate Administrative Assistant