Taxes Due

Notice of Taxes Due

The second installment of Real Estate and Personal Property taxes on the Grand List of October 1, 2019, became due January 1, 2021, payable on or before February 1, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: We do not mail bills for this installment. Supplemental Motor Vehicle tax bills for vehicles registered between October 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020 were mailed on December 11, 2020 and also became due January 1, 2021, payable on or before February 1, 2021. Payments eligible for the Deferral Program as offered by the Governor’s Executive Order 9R are payable on or before April 1, 2021. Any portion of this installment remaining unpaid after February 1, 2021 or April 1, 2021 respectively, is subject to interest at the rate of 1 ½% per month (18% per year) from the due date until paid. Minimum interest fee is $2.00 per P.A. #73-494.

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 (CGS 12-130).

If you receive a bill for a vehicle you did not own through September 2020, 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, 2021, or April 1, 2021 if eligible for the Deferral Program in accordance with Connecticut State Statutes at the rate of 1 ½% per month from the due date of January 1, 2021. The minimum amount of interest charged is $2.00.

DMV RELEASE: Any person owing motor vehicle taxes that were due prior to January 1, 2021 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 with the Department of Motor Vehicles. There are no exceptions! If an immediate release is needed for registering, payment must be made with a cashier’s check or money order. If you pay with a personal or business check or make a payment online, a DMV release will not be issued for 7-10 business days.

CASH PAYMENTS ARE NOT BEING ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME. Payments can be made by:

1) Drop box – located at the back entrance of the Prospect Town Hall. Place your check or money order payable to “Tax Collector – Prospect” along with the remittance copy of your bill (or the entire bill and a self-addressed envelope if you want a receipt) in an envelope and place it in the drop box. Include your phone number on your check in case we need to contact you regarding your payment. Be sure your check is made out properly and includes a completed date, legal line written out for the exact amount of the check including the cents due, and contains your signature. NEVER LEAVE A CASH PAYMENT IN THE DROP BOX!! Payments left in the drop box on February 1, 2021 and April 1, 2021 will be collected at 4:00 p.m. Any payment left in the drop box after 4:00 p.m. on February 1, 2021 or April 1, 2021 if eligible for the Deferral Program will be considered late and interest will be charged according to Connecticut General Statutes.

2) Online – at www.townofprospect.org The convenience fee charged by Invoice Cloud for an online payment is $0.95 for an electronic check or 2.95% of the payment for debit or credit card payments ($1.95 minimum).

3) Phone – by calling 844-953-0667. The convenience fee charged by Invoice Cloud for phone payments is $0.95 PLUS $0.95 for an electronic check or 2.95% of the payment for debit or credit card payments ($1.95 minimum).

4) Pay by Text – Scan the QR Code on your bill to access our online payment system.

5) Mail – your check or money order payable to “Tax Collector – Prospect” along with the remittance copy of your bill (or the entire bill and a self-addressed envelope if you want a receipt) to Tax Collector, 36 Center Street, Prospect, CT 06712. Include your phone number on your check in case we need to contact you regarding your payment. Be sure your check is made out properly and includes a completed date, legal line written out for the exact amount of the check including the cents due, and contains your signature. NEVER MAIL A CASH PAYMENT!! If you are putting your payment in the mail at the end of January to be posted to your account by February 1, 2021, take your envelope to the post office and have them stamp it with an official US Postmark. Payments not received in the Tax Office on or before February 1, 2021 that are not eligible for the Deferral Program and do not contain an official US Postmark will be considered late and charged interest according to Connecticut General Statutes. If you are putting your payment in the mail at the end of March to be posted to your account by April 1, 2021, take your envelope to the post office and have them stamp it with an official US Postmark. Payments not received in the Tax Office on or before April 1, 2021 that are eligible for the Deferral Program and do not contain an official US Postmark will be considered late and charged interest according to Connecticut General Statutes.

6) Pay with your personal or business bank online services – Most banks do not recommend paying taxes through their online service because the payments are not mailed with an official US Postmark and may not be received by the Tax Office by the last day to pay. IMPORTANT: If you schedule your tax payment using your personal or business online banking feature, be sure to schedule it with a date that will ensure it arrives in the Tax Office prior to the last day for payment. Payments sent by your bank do not have a postmark on the envelope. Therefore, interest will be charged on payments received from this online banking service if not in our office by 4:00 p.m. on the last day for payment.

Questions regarding assessments on your real estate, personal property or motor vehicle bills should be directed to the Assessor’s office. You can contact that office by phone at 203-758-4461 or by email at [email protected]

Questions regarding payment of taxes should be directed to the Tax Collector’s office at 203-758-4461 during business hours or by email at [email protected] Answers to many of your questions can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

(Updated 1/20/2021)