notice of taxes due

The second installment of Real Estate and Personal Property taxes on the Grand List of October 1, 2015 is due January 1, 2017 payable on or before February 1, 2017. PLEASE NOTE: We do not mail bills for this installment. If you are not sure whether you owe property taxes or not, particularly if you purchased property within the past six months, PLEASE inquire at the tax office so we can provide you with a bill before it becomes delinquent. Non-receipt of a tax bill does not invalidate the tax nor eliminate the interest that must be charged for a late payment. Supplemental Motor Vehicle bills have been mailed for any vehicle that was newly registered between October 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016, as well as vehicles that may have been omitted from the July 2016 billing due to the updating of DMV computers last year. If you received a bill for a vehicle you did not own through September 2016, you must contact the Assessor's Office and provide written proof in order to have a bill credited or removed. Don't ignore the bill because you no longer have the vehicle! Interest will be charged on payments made after February 1, 2017 in accordance with Connecticut State Statutes at a rate of 1-1/2 percent per month from the due date of January 1, 2017. The minimum amount of interest charged is $2.00.

DMV RELEASE: Any person owing motor vehicle taxes that were due prior to January 1, 2017, will be required to pay ALL PRIOR MOTOR VEHICLE TAXES AND ALL CURRENT MOTOR VEHICLE TAXES before a release is issued for registering any vehicle at the Department of Motor Vehicles. There are no exceptions! Also, if an immediate release is needed for registering, payment must be made in person with cash or a cashier's check. If you pay at the tax office with a personal or business check or make a payment online, a DMV release will not be issued until your check clears our bank account. Check payments and online payments require 5 - 7 business days to clear our bank account.

CREDIT/DEBIT PAYMENTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED IN THE TAX OFFICE. Our online tax payment system allows taxpayers to make a one-time payment without creating a username and password. Go to the Pay Taxes page to make a payment using your checking/savings account or credit/debit card. Convenience fees are charged for this service.

CASH, CHECK OR MONEY ORDER PAYMENTS are accepted in the tax office. You may also drop your payment in the Drop Box located at the back entrance of the Town Hall. Place the payment copy of your bill (or entire bill and self-addressed stamped envelope if you want a receipt) and a check or money order in an envelope addressed to the "Tax Collector" and include a daytime telephone number where you can be reached if we have questions pertaining to your payment. NEVER LEAVE A CASH PAYMENT IN THE DROP BOX!! Also note that payments left in the drop box on February 1, 2017 will be collected at 4:00 PM. Any payment left in the drop box after 4:00 PM on February 1, 2017 will be considered late and interest will be charged.

Questions regarding assessments on your motor vehicles or paperwork required to adjust or remove a tax bill, should be directed to the Assessor's office at 203-758-4461. Questions regarding payment of taxes should be directed to the Tax Collector's office at the same number. Answers to many of your questions can be answered on the Frequently Asked Questions page. Office hours for the Tax Collector's Office in Prospect are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. All Town Hall offices will be closing at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 30, 2016. All Town Hall offices will be CLOSED on Friday, December 23, 2016, Monday, December 26, 2016 and Monday January 2, 2017.