Town hall hours on Wednesday will be changing to 9 - 5 effective July 1, 2015.
The Department of Motor Vehicles is updating their computer system in the very near future. Once that upgrade is complete, they will no longer accept paper releases or registration stamps. Clearance information will be sent to them nightly by the tax office. Immediate releases will no longer be an option so please plan accordingly.
Requests for 2014 tax payment history will be done as time permits. We prefer to email the information, so if you leave us a phone message, please include your email address. Please note that if a bank pays your real estate taxes for you, our records indicate the date we receive your tax payment and may or may not match the information provided to the IRS by your lender.
Taxes due January 1, 2015 are now considered late. 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.
If you did not receive a supplemantal motor vehicle bill and you should have, please call the tax office. We have numerous bills that have been returned and we have no correct address to remail them. In addition, there have been several indiividuals that just discovered their vehicle registrations have expired and they are driving unregistered vehicles. Your failure to recieve a bill does not exempt you from paying the tax and any interest that accrues.
The second installment of real estate bills, personal property bills and supplemental motor vehicle bills for the 2013 grand list become due on January 1, 2015. You have 30 days to pay without penalty. Bills not paid on or before February 3, 2015 are subject to the statutory interest of 1 1/2% per month (going back to January 1st) 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, 2013 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.
Current year tax bills can be paid utilizing our on-line system for a small fee at www.mcc.net. Accounts with prior list year taxes due can not utilize the on-line payment system. Be sure to search under the correct tab and then the correct type of bill under the dropdown menu. Search motor vehicle under "All of 2013".
As always, if you are unable to pay in full, please send payments to keep the amount of interest paid as low as possible.
The Tax Collector's office is responsible for the billing and collection of Town and Fire District taxes and all related penalties. Its mission is to assist in maintaining the fiscal stability of the Town and Fire District by ensuring the timely collection and recording of all taxes through the diligent application of the State Statutes, Town Ordinances, regulations and other enforcement aids, while assisting the public in understanding the taxation process and procedures and maintaining an effective and cordial relationship with the general public.
The Tax Collector is also responsible for reporting fiscal information to various Town departments and boards, the Barkhamsted Fire District, the State of Connecticut and the United States Bureau of the Census.
The first installment of real estate and personal property bills becomes due July 1, 2014. Also due will be the motor vehicle bills for vehicles that were owned as of October 1, 2013. This year the last day to pay will be Friday, August 1, 2014. For payments that are mailed, we have to go by the postmark per state statutes.
If you receive a bill or a delinquent tax statement that you believe to be an error, please contact us immediately. Also, if you are unable to what you owe in full, partial payments are encouraged to reduce the interest that accrues. Just a note: the late penalty is set by State Statutes and can not be waived by the Tax Collector.
The Tax Collector's office is located on the lower level of the Barkhamsted town hall at 67 Ripley Hill Road (Route 318). Please review the office hours as the tax office is considered to be part-time by the Selectman and the Board of Finance.
When paying by check, always double check your math and be sure the written and numeric portions are the same and that your check is signed. If you prefer to pay on-line, you have that option by going to: www.mcc.net. You can pay by ACH or credit card. There is a small fee for the ACH option and, if you pay by credit card, the fees charged by the credit card company will be added to your payment. THIS IS NOT A FREE SERVICE.
Barkhamsted tax bills contain both the Town tax and the Fire District tax. The combined mill rate for the grand list of October 1, 2013 is 29.00 mills. The Town portion is 27.37 mills and the Fire District portion is 1.63 mills. $1,000 of assessment is equal to a tax of $29.00.
Sample motor vehicle tax: Assessment of $3,500 (70% of NADA book value) gets a Town tax of $95.80 and a Fire tax of $5.71 for a total tax due of $101.51. Motor vehicle taxes are due in full July 1 with a 30 day grace period before penalties accrue.
Sample real estate tax: Assessment of $150,000 (70% of assessed value as of last revaluation) gets a Town tax of $4,105.50 and a Fire tax of 244.50 for a total tax of $4,350.00. The Town tax is due in two installments (July 1 and January 1) and the Fire tax is due in full July 1, therefore $2,297.25 would be due July 1 and $2,052.75 would be due January 1. There is a 30 day grace period from the due date before penalties begin to accrue. Bills are sent out once a year at the end of June - no second bill for the January installment will be sent. Mark your calendars!