The State of Connecticut has passed their budget and there will be no additional tax bill issued for the grand list of October 1, 2016.
All tax information can be viewed and paid on-line through the highlighted link on the left of this page. Taxes paid in 2016 for IRS filings can be obtained by clicking the appropriate button. Payments can be made by clicking the shopping cart and following the instructions. If you pay by check, there is a $ .95 convenience fee and if you pay by credit or debit card, the fee is 2.95% of the total paid. On-line payments do not receive immediate clearance to register or reregister a motor vehicle. Please allow sufficient time for your payment to clear...usually 8 - 10 business days.
Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt you from paying the tax or any interest that accrues on that tax. Bills due July 1, 2017 now have accrued 3% interest or a minimum $2.00 penalty per bill. Motor vehicle bills also have an additional $2.00 fee per bill. Updated amounts due can be found by clicking the on-line link to the left.
Now that the Department of Motor Vehicles has completed the updating of their computer system, paper releases or registration stamps will no longer be accepted. Clearance information will be sent to them weekly for those that pay with a check approximately 10 days following your payment. We will do our best to process a release immediately for a cash payment, however, that may not be possible, so please plan accordingly.
If you have delinquent taxes, the interest is charged from the original due date of the bill and the penalty is 1 1/5% per month or the minimum interest penalty of $2.00 per bill, whichever is greater. In addition, motor vehicle bills are subject to an additional $2.00 fee once the records are sent to DMV.
Be sure your checks are completed properly and signed as incorrect checks will be returned and additional penalties may apply.
The first installment of real estate, personal property and motor vehicle bills for the 2016 grand list will become due on July 1, 2017. The second installment of real estate and personal property bills will become due January 1, 2018 along with the supplemental motor vehicle bills. You have 30 days to pay without penalty. Bills not paid are subject to the statutory interest of 1 1/2% per month (going back to the due date) or the minimum charge of $2.00, whichever is greater. In addition, we have an ordinance that allows the town to recoup the fees we are charged by the Department of Motor Vehicles for the use of their delinquent system, so each motor vehicle bill will have a charge of $2.00 in addition to the interest penalty. These fees are per bill fees.
If you are sending a check, please make it payable to "Town of Barkhamsted" and be sure of the following: you are paying the correct installment, both the numeric and written portions are the same, the check is dated and the check is signed. If you are paying on-line through your bank, please be sure to reference a current account number. Your attention to detail is appreciated.
If you disposed of a motor vehicle after October 1, 2016 and did not transfer your plate to a new vehicle, we can probably reduce your bill. If you have your plate receipt from DMV and a second form of proof that shows what you did with the vehicle, please forward that information to the assessor's office and, if we can, we will adjust your bill before we mail it.
If you still have an open balance on previously billed taxes, please call the tax office if you are unsure how much of a penalty to include. If you receive a statement and a payment has crossed in the mail, please remit the difference as we will not be re-billing you for the balance.
Tax bills can be paid utilizing our on-line system for a small fee...just click on the link in "Tax Payment" or go to this site. If you have any questions on the use of this system, call the tax office and we will do our best to assist you.
As always, if you are unable to pay in full, please send payments to keep the amount of interest paid as low as possible.