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Assessor

Phone:
(860) 379-3600
Fax:
(860) 379-9284
Assessor Department
67 Ripley Hill Road
Barkhamsted
,
CT
06063
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm, Friday: Closed. During inclement weather, please call our office as opening may be delayed or closing may be early.

About

Beginning May 24th, the Assessor's Office will be open, but masks are required per the State and Town guidelines in order to protect residents and staff as a result of Covid-19.  You may also call first or email our office for assistance.  We can provide assistance for most assessment needs by phone, email or mail. In addition, answers to many of your assessment questions can be found on this website.

Thank you!


The Assessor’s primary responsibility is the compilation of all taxable and exempt property in the Town of Barkhamsted. The Assessor's office is also responsible to ensure that all property is fairly and equitably assessed. If you believe your assessment is inaccurate, please contact us and we will try to assist you. If you still believe your assessment is inaccurate, you may present your information to the Board of Assessment Appeals for further review.  For information regarding appeals, please click here for the Board of Assessment Appeals page.  

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Assessor Function
The Assessor’s Office is responsible for:

  • Discovering, listing and valuing equitably, all real property, personal property and motor vehicles within the Town of Barkhamsted in accordance with Connecticut State Statutes.
  • Annually providing a Grand List of all taxable property within the Town of Barkhamsted
  • Maintaining an up-to-date inventory of all properties, including land and improvements thereon, changes in ownership, new construction, alterations and subdivisions or mergers filed as of the assessment date, October 1.
  • Annually inspecting and valuing all permit activity within the town limits of Barkhamsted.
Assessor Services
The Assessor's Office administers:

  • State and local programs of tax relief and applying exemptions as permitted by state law (Veterans, Disabled, Blind, Elderly Tax Relief, etc.)
  • Motor Vehicle assessment adjustments for vehicles that have either been sold, stolen, salvaged or registered out of state
  • Assessor map updates and Assessor Property Record Card updates
  • Revaluation of all Real Estate as defined by State Statutes, conducted every 5 years

NOTE: Questions regarding tax due dates, amounts due, amounts paid and interest should be directed to the Tax Collector’s Office at (860) 738-4762 or visit the Tax Collector's webpage by clicking here.
Mill Rates
Last Revaluation: Effective October 1st, 2018

2020 | 33.21 (31.52 + Fire 1.69) 
2019 | 32.43 (30.77 + Fire 1.66)
2018 | 32.63 (Reval: 30.97 + Fire 1.66)
2017 | 31.52 (29.86 + Fire 1.66)
2016 | 31.00 (29.37 + Fire 1.63)
2015 | 30.02 (28.36 + Fire 1.66)
2014 | 29.38 (27.72 + Fire 1.66)
2013 | 29.00 (Reval: 27.37 + Fire 1.63)
2012 | 25.69 (24.26 + Fire 1.43)
2011 | 24.79 (23.39 + Fire 1.40)
2010 | 24.02 (22.67 + Fire 1.35)
Motor Vehicle Property Tax
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT YOUR MOTOR VEHICLE TAX BILL.
 
If your registration is due to expire within 60 days (or has already expired) and you have not received a renewal notification you MUST CONTACT DMV.  If you are being reported with a tax (or other) compliance issue in a town you never lived in, you should contact the town reporting the non-compliance.

Motor vehicles are subject to a local property tax under Connecticut state law, whether registered or not.

Motor Vehicle Assessments

Motor vehicles are assessed according to State statutes at 70% of the Clean Retail value through the use of the JDP and NADA Guides and other resources.

The uniform assessment date is October 1st in Connecticut. Motor vehicles registered on October 1st will be part of the October 1st Grand List.  Vehicles registered after October 1st, but prior to August 1st, will be a supplement to the October 1st Grand List.

Unregistered or out-of-state registered vehicles that you are not in the process of registering in Connecticut, must be declared on your Personal Property Declaration. Please refer to that section for details.

Supplemental Motor Vehicles

Supplemental motor vehicles are vehicles that were not registered on October 1st, but were registered subsequent to October 1st and prior to August 1st. Motor vehicle assessments are prorated from the month registered through September.

Motor Vehicle Tax Credits

Motor vehicle tax credits (prorate adjustments) are provided for those vehicles which are:

  1. Sold
  2. Totally damaged
  3. Registered out of state
  4. Stolen not recovered
  5. Repossessed

This credit applies only to the current year and one year prior. Proof is required for prorates. Vehicles which are disposed of are entitled to the following credit percentages of assessed value.

  • October | 91.7%
  • November | 83.3%
  • December | 75.0%
  • January | 66.7%
  • February  | 58.3%
  • March | 50.0%
  • April | 41.7%
  • May | 33.3%
  • June | 25.0%
  • July  | 16.7%
  • August | 8.3%

Deadline for Presentation of Proof for Adjustment:

The proof for adjustments (prorates) of motor vehicles regular list must be presented within 27 months of the assessment date. Example:  the owner of a vehicle with a bill with an assessment date of October 1, 2019 has until December 31, 2021 to present all proofs of disposal.

  • Click here for a Brochure of Motor Vehicle Information & Required Proofs for adjustments of Motor Vehicle Tax Bills .
  • Click here for Application for Motor Vehicle Property Tax Exemption or Exemption Benefit for Connecticut Residents who are Members of the Armed Forces CGS 12-81(53)

Taxpayer failure to provide all forms of proof for the adjustment within the 27 months of the assessment date forfeits the right to an adjustment of the bill by Connecticut law 12-71c.

Antique, Rare or Special Interest Motor Vehicles:

An owner of a vehicle that can be classified as antique, rare or special interest, but does not currently have DMV-issued Classic Vehicle plates for such vehicle, may complete an affidavit (link below) and submit it to the Assessor's office for review.  The Assessor's office must receive this affidavit by Oct 1 in order for it to be considered for that Grand List. 

  • For the affidavit form, click here.  Please contact our office if you have any questions.
  • For information regarding DMV issued Classic Vehicle plates, please click here.
P.A. 490 Information
Application to the Assessor for PA490 Classification (*Don't forget the Attachment)


Owners of real estate qualified under various subsections of 12-107 of CGS, applying for relief under provisions of this statute, must make application to the Assessor. Written application for such classification with the Assessor must be filed between September 1st and October 31st. There are no extensions, except in a revaluation year, when the application must be filed no later than December 30th.

To be eligible for Forest Land classification, a new qualified Forester's Report must be completed and issued by October 1st of that Grand List year. This report must be attached to the completed application and filed with the Assessor's office by October 31st.  The deadline for filing the Forester's Report is not extended during a revaluation year.  


Under the most current law, whether you acquired the property by sale or transfer, if you as the new record owner want to continue to receive this preferential tax treatment, then you MUST apply for this special classification in your own name. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. If your application is not filed in a timely manner, the special classification shall be removed from the property and the assessment shall increase accordingly for the next Grand List. Note, there is a special procedure for applying for Forestland which may require considerable time to complete. 
Personal Property Information
New Businesses and Unregistered or Out-of-State Vehicles: Please click on Personal Property Q & A for the answers to many common questions regarding these assessments.  You are also welcome to contact our office during our regular business hours.  We are happy to assist you. In addition, all New Businesses should complete the Personal Property Affidavit so that we have your correct information for our files. 


Scroll to the bottom for additional forms

NOTICE: The Assessment Date for Personal Property Declarations is October 1, 2021. Complete instructions are included on the 2021 Full Form.  All Personal Property Declaration Forms are available on this website or you may contact the Assessor’s Office to have one mailed to you: 860-379-3600.
DEADLINE: The deadline for filing personal property declarations is November 1, 2021.  The Office is closed on Fridays.

LATE FILING NOTE: if a declaration is received after November 1, 2021 it will be considered late unless it has been postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) by November 1, 2021. Declarations received after November 1, 2021 with postmarks using Pitney Bowes or any other in-house postal machine will still be subject to the 25% late filing Penalty unless they have also been canceled by the USPS or have a searchable USPS tracking number showing a mailing date no later than Nov 1, 2021.

* Declarations can be delivered to the Assessor’s Office by hand, faxed, or mailed.

FAX: 860-379-9284

ADDRESS: Assessor’s Office, Town of Barkhamsted, 67 Ripley Hill Rd., Barkhamsted, CT 06063 (US Postal Service Postmark by November 1, 2021)

PENALTY: Failure to declare will result in a 25% penalty. Late filing will also result in a 25% penalty, unless an extension For Good Cause has been requested in writing by November 1, 2021.

BUSINESS TERMINATION OR MOVE: If your business has recently closed, please complete the Affidavit on the first page of the Personal Property Declaration and include one of the following:

  1. Certificate of dissolution from the Connecticut Secretary of State's Office that the business closed prior to 10/1/2021  (LLC's should be dissolved and be issued a certificate).
  2. Letter from an accountant that the business has been dissolved prior to October 1, 2021.
  3. Letter from the bank that the business accounts have been closed prior to October1, 2021.
  4. A copy of the lease showing date expired and no longer leasing space as of October 1, 2021.

Additional Forms for Your Use
Property Record Cards & GIS
Property Record Cards and GIS information are available to the public in the Resources section of this page. The Property Cards have been updated to reflect the 2020 Grand List assessments, based on the 2018 Revaluation. 

All information concerning property assessment and values is public information. Any property owners who object to having their names available online may request to have this information suppressed from internet access. You must submit your request in writing to the Assessor's Office. Once the Assessor receives your request, your information will be removed on the next available update. You should be aware that even if you choose not to have your name available online, your property information will still appear in the database.
Tax Relief Information- NEW
 

ELDERLY/100% DISABLED HOMEOWNERS BENEFITS NOTE: 
           
PER EXECUTIVE ORDER 10, IF YOUR APPLICATION FOR THE 2018 GRAND LIST WAS APPROVED (in 2019), YOU DO NOT NEED TO RE-APPLY UNTIL THE 2022 GRAND LIST. HOWEVER, IF YOUR INCOME OR CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE CHANGED, YOU ARE STILL WELCOME TO RE-APPLY. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

NEW APPLICANTS OR THOSE WHO DID NOT QUALIFY IN 2019 OR 2020 AND WOULD LIKE TO APPLY, ARE WELCOME TO DO SO.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND APPLICATIONS.

Individuals who are applying for tax relief are required to provide documentation of Social Security Benefits (SSA-1099). 

As of January 2019, the contact number for the Torrington Social Security Office is (800) 772-1213.

IF YOU ARE A NEW APPLICANT, PER THE OFFICE OF POLICY AND MANAGEMENT (OPM), ANY NEW FILER WISHING TO APPLY AFTER MAY 15th MUST REQUEST AN EXTENSION OF TIME TO APPLY FROM OPM ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 15TH.

ELDERLY/100% DISABLED RENTERS REBATE NOTE:  Beginning June 1, please call the office to coordinate for the Renter's Rebate Application.  The application period is open until Oct. 1, 2021.


Blind & Disabled

New applications for the blind and totally disabled person’s exemption must be filed by October 1st of the assessment date. 

  • Totally Disabled Tax Exemption Application: FORM D-1  

Local Option Exemptions for Handicapped

Under Barkhamsted Town Ordinances, Local Exemptions are available to the owners of certain private vehicles specially equipped for the transportation of the handicapped. Please call or visit the Assessor's office for further information.


Veterans

Veterans must have filed their DD-214 form (discharge papers) with the town clerk’s office no later than September 30, 2020  to be eligible for the veteran’s exemption on the assessment of October 1st 2020 list year. Veterans may request their DD-214 on-line from the National Archives. Veterans with service connected disability rating and under the age of 65, must submit to the assessor proof of disability rating from the Veterans Administration, in order to receive the proper amount of exemption on the 2020 Grand List.


Disabled Veterans aged 65 or older

If you were receiving additional exemptions due to a Veteran's disability, you may be entitled to an additional exemption equivalent to the 100% disability rating. If you are not receiving such an exemption, please provide proof to the Assessor.


Additional Veterans' Exemption

 PER EXECUTIVE ORDER 10, IF YOUR APPLICATION FOR THE 2019 GRAND LIST WAS APPROVED, YOU DO NOT NEED TO RE-APPLY UNTIL THE 2023 GRAND LIST YEAR. HOWEVER, IF YOUR INCOME OR CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE CHANGED, YOU ARE STILL WELCOME TO RE-APPLY. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

Income qualifying limits for New Filers for the 2021 Grand List will be based on the following income maximums: The maximum for single applicants will be $37,600; the maximum for married applicants will be $45,800.  (File biennially form M-59a , Filing period Feb. 1st - Oct. 1st)

100% V.A. determined Disabled Veterans will continue to use $18,000 for single applicants and $21,000 for married applicants (adjusted gross income only; Social Security Income is not considered).

Information for Disabled Veterans Who Need to Obtain VA Verification for Tax Assessment Purposes

Effective with tax year 2008, the Federal VA will no longer automatically mail to you VA Form 20-5455, “Statement of Benefit Payment Records,” for submission to your local Tax Assessor for tax abatement credit.  You must now request on your own a Letter of Disability Verification from the VA Regional Office in Newington through one of the below methods and submit this letter to your Tax Assessor immediately upon receipt. 

You must include in your request your full name, VA claim number (or Social Security number if not known), and your complete mailing address.  

Ways for Disabled CT Veterans to Request an Annual Letter of Disability Verification from the VA:

  1. Email a request to pctc.vbahar@va.gov
  2. Fax a written request to (860) 665-7654
  3. Call the toll-free CT Veterans Information Line at (866) 928-8387 and ask them to submit a request to the Federal VA on your behalf 
  4. Visit a district office of the CT Department of Veterans’ Affairs located in Bridgeport, Newington, Norwich, Rocky Hill, Waterbury or West Haven
(Addresses and telephone numbers are available at this link or by calling (866) 928-8387)


Tax Exempt Organization Application and Quadrennial Renewal Report (M-3 Form)
Download the report here. Please contact the assessor's office for additional information.
Veteran Exemption Forms
Request Your Military Service Records Online, by Mail, or by Fax:
For additional information, please go to the Tax Relief Information section
Year 2018 Revaluation Information
The 2018 Revaluation has been completed and the Board of Assessment Appeals have also completed their duties.  The Property Cards are available through the GIS/Property Cards link on the Home page or on the Assessor page.

The items below provide information regarding the 2018 Revaluation Process:


If you have any questions regarding this process, please call the Assessor's office at (860) 379 - 3600.

Staff & Contacts

Carmen Smith
Assessor
(860) 379-3600
csmith@barkhamsted.us
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Andrea Lefcheck
Assessor Assistant
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Carmen Smith
Assessor
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Andrea Lefcheck
Assessor Assistant
(860) 379-3600

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