How is the mil rate determined?
Time frame for tax bills
What if I never received a tax bill?
What if the due date falls on a holiday or weekend?
Can I pay all my taxes with one check?
Can I pay my taxes online?
What is a service or convenience fee?
Are any veteran benefits available?
Does the Town of Greenwich offer any Senior tax relief programs?
What if I can’t pay my taxes for any reason?
What is a supplemental motor tax bill?
Why do I have to pay interest?
Who do I pay my motor vehicle tax to if I move within Connecticut?
How will my payment be applied?
What are the office hours of the Tax Collector?
Q. How is the mil rate determined?
A. During the budget process the mil rate is determined by the BET based on how much money the Tax Collector will need to collect for the Town to operate during the upcoming fiscal year.
Q. Time frame for tax bills
A. The normal tax year for your car bill is October through September of next year. Real property taxes are July through June. All tax bills are due July 1st.
Q. What if I never received a tax bill?
A. Failure to receive a tax bill doesn’t exempt you from payment of taxes and all interest charges. (CGS 12-130) If you don’t receive a bill call the Tax Collector’s office. (203) 622-7891
Q. What if the due date falls on a holiday or weekend?
A. If the final day to pay your taxes is on a legal holiday or on the weekend, payment may be made the next business day in accordance with Connecticut State Statue 12-169.
Q. Can I pay all my taxes with one check?
A. You may pay all of your Town of Greenwich taxes on one check but please be sure to reference all the bill numbers on your check.
Q. Can I pay my taxes online?
A. You can pay your tax bills with a credit card or with an electronic check (EFT) online but not in the Greenwich Tax Collector’s office. Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express are accepted but a convenience fee of 2.95% will be added by the credit card processor. A charge of $.95 (95 cents) will be added to EFT payments of any size.
Q. What is a service or convenience fee?
A. A non-refundable fee added to a bill by the service provider.
Q. Are any veteran benefits available?
A. Military Veterans who have served in the armed forces of the United States can apply for benefits, but they must submit their (DD-214) to the Tax Assessor in order to be eligible for an exemption on either real estate or a motor vehicle.
Q. Does the Town of Greenwich offer any Senior tax relief programs?
A. If you or your spouse is 65 or older, permanently reside in Greenwich and own or have “life use” of a house, after meeting certain income and assessment restrictions, you may be eligible for one or more forms of Town or State property tax credits. Please contact the Assessor’s office for complete details. (203) 622-7885
Q. What if I can’t pay my taxes for any reason?
A. Partial payments are always accepted. Pay as much as you can before the tax bill becomes delinquent. We will accept partial payments, but you will be charged interest on the unpaid balance going back to the original due date of the tax. The interest is 18% per year,1 ½% per month on the unpaid tax amount. You may contact us and we will try to work with your partial payments. These payments do not negate any other available collection processes available to the Tax Collector. Please call the office (203) 622-7891 to discuss your account status.
Q. What is a supplemental motor tax bill?
A. If you newly registered a motor vehicle after October 1st, (first time registration) you will receive a pro-rated tax bill in December, payable by February 1st. This “supplemental” bill will reflect the time from the month the vehicle was first registered, though September only.
Q. Why do I have to pay interest?
A. Late payments are subject to interest at the rate of 1.5% per month, 18% per annum, from the due date of the tax, in accordance with CT state statute #12-146. An entire month’s interest must be charged for any payment made on and after the first day of any month.
Q. Who do I pay my motor vehicle tax to if I move within Connecticut?
A. Motor vehicle taxes are due to the Municipality where you lived on October 1st, even if you move you will owe your tax bill the following July. You must still pay the town where you resided on October 1st, make sure to notify the DMV as well. All delinquent motor vehicle taxes are reported to the DMV. You will not be able to renew or register any vehicle in your name, until all taxes, interest and collection costs are paid in full. Call your former town of residence if you have not received a bill by July 1st.
Q. How will my payment be applied?
A. The Tax Collector shall apply each partial payment to the oldest interest before making any application to the reduction of any principal.
Q. What are the office hours of the Tax Collector?
Window: 8:30 – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Phones: 8:00 – 4:00