Payment Dates

Mill Rate

The mill rate for the 2018 Grand List effective July 1, 2019 is 38.05 on Real Estate, Personal Property and Motor Vehicles. 


Interest

Interest accrues at a rate of 1.5% per month or 18% annually and is calculated back to the original due date. The minimum interest charge is $2.00.


POSTMARKS TO AVOID PENALTIES

Property tax payments must be received, or imprinted with an official Postal Service postmark, by the last day to pay in order to avoid penalties.  If a payment is received after the last day to pay, and has no official Postal Service postmark, the payment shall be considered late and, in accordance with State law, interest will be charged.  If a payment is received after the last day to pay, and has a postmark that is on time, the payment shall be considered on time, regardless of date of receipt.


warning about electronic bill payments

These services may immediately withdraw the funds but not mail your payment when you expect them to!  You assume the risk of your payment arriving late if you choose to use these services.  These payments come to us without postmark and because of this, must be received by us in our office no later than the last day to pay in order to be considered timely.  If there is no official Postal Service postmark, timeliness will depend solely upon our receipt of the payment.

Please read the instructions and warnings provided by your own bank before using any pay by phone or electronic bill payment service.  Many service providers specifically advise NOT to use the service for tax payments for the reason given.

Real Estate Tax

Original tax bills will be mailed on or about June 28, 2019. Your annual real estate tax amount, if greater than $100, is divided into two equal installments. The first half comes due July 1, 2019. There is a 30 day grace period, so August 1, 2019, is the last day to pay before interest begins to accrue. The second half comes due January 1, 2020. There is a 30 day grace period, so February 1, 2020, is the last day to pay before interest begins to accrue. The City of Bristol does not mail bills for the second installment. It is up to the taxpayer to know a payment is due.


Motor Vehicle Tax

Original tax bills will be mailed on or about June 28, 2019.  Your annual motor vehicle tax amount is due in one installment regardless of the amount. The payment is due July 1, 2019. There is a 30-day grace period, so August 1, 2019, is the last day to pay before interest begins to accrue. These bills reflect what Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles had registered to you on October 1, 2018.


SUPPLEMENTAL MOTOR VEHICLE TAX

For vehicles registered after October 1, 2018, a supplemental tax bill will be mailed on or around December 30, 2019. The payment is due January 1, 2020. There is a 30-day grace period, so February 1, 2020, will be the last day to pay before interest begins to accrue.


BUSINESS PERSONAL Property Tax

Business establishments are subject to a personal property tax, which includes primary business equipment and commercial furniture and fixtures. Unregistered motor vehicles for businesses or individuals will also be taxed in this fashion.

Original tax bills will be mailed on or about June 28, 2019.  Your annual personal property tax amount, if greater than $100, is divided into two equal installments. The first half comes due July 1, 2019. There is a 30-day grace period, so August 1, 2019 is the last day to pay before interest begins to accrue. The second half comes due January 1, 2020. There is a 30-day grace period, so February 1, 2020, is the last day to pay before interest begins to accrue. The City of Bristol does not mail bills for the second installment. It is up to the taxpayer to know a payment is due.


In ALL cases, failure to receive a bill does NOT invalidate the tax or any interest and fees that accrue.