MOTOR VEHICLE PROPERTY TAX HIGHLIGHTS
Motor vehicles are subject to a local property tax under Conneccticut 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 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.
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:
- Totally damaged
- Registered out of state
- Stolen not recovered
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.
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, 2013 has until December 31, 2015 to present all proofs of disposal.
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.
Francine Beland, CCMA II,CCTC Barkhamsted Assessor
The Assessor’s primary responsibility is the compilation of all taxable and exempt property in the Town of Barkhamsted.
The Assessor’s Office is responsible for the discovery, listing and equitable valuation of all real, personal property and motor vehicles within the Town of Barkhamsted in accordance with Connecticut State Statutes.
Annually provides a Grand List of all taxable property within the Town of Barkhamsted.
Maintains an up-to-date inventory of all properties, including land and improvements thereon, changes in ownership, new construction, alterations and subdivisions filed as of the assessment date. Annually inspects and values all permit activity within the town limits of Barkhamsted.
The assessor's office administers state and local programs of tax relief, apply exemptions as permitted by state law (Veterans, Disabled, Blind, Elderly Tax Relief, etc. and assist the public with a variety of inquires.
Adjust Motor Vehicle assessments that have either been sold, stolen, salvaged or registered out of State.
Every 5 years conduct a Revaluation of all Real Estate as defined by State Statutes.
Questions concerning assessed value, adjustments, exemptions, tax relief and improper motor vehicle tax billings should be directed to the Assessor’s Office @ 860-379-3600.
Questions regarding billing, tax balances due, amounts paid and interest should be directed to the Tax Collector’s Office @ 860-738-4762.