Tax Payments Due On or Before February 1, 2022

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Tax Collector
Second installment of real estate and personal property bills issued July 1, 2021 and motor vehicle supplemental bills issued January 1, 2022 must be received by or postmarked by February 1, 2022 in order to avoid penalties. There are no exceptions!
 
With the slowdown of mail delivery, I urge taxpayers to mail early. Tax office mail is always received at least 2 days after it is mailed, for example, a payment mailed January 31, 2022 will not be received until February 2, 2022. If a payment is received after the last day to pay and has a postmark that is on time, it is considered to be on time. If a payment is received after February 1, 2022 and does not contain a postmark, the payment is considered late and will be charged interest. 
 
A legal postmark is one that is applied by the USPS and will include the location and the date the post office took custody of the piece of mail. Please be aware that the post office only postmarks certain pieces of mail.  Mail that is NOT postmarked includes but is not limited to:
 
     Metered mail: postage is printed directly on an envelope by a licensed postage machine, such as Pitney Bowes
     Pre-cancelled stamps: those sold by vendors, such as Stamps.com
     “Forever stamps”: many are not visibly marked
     Automated Postal Center Stamps: those sold from machines located within the USPS. May or may not have a date. 
     Permit Imprint: Pre-sorted mail. This is used by bill pay services such as online banking. Most banks advise against paying municipal taxes through their online system and these payments NEVER have a postmark. If you are using this method of payment, arrange for your payment to be sent 7 - 10 days ahead of the last day to pay. 
 
Payments made through the town website are considered on time if paid prior to midnight on the last day to pay. 
 
If you have any questions, please contact the tax office by phone (860) 738-4762 or email tcollins@barkhamsted.us . Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday  8:30 - 4:30.