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The new mill rate for the October 1, 2018 grand list is 38.05 on Real Estate, Personal Property and Motor Vehicle taxes. These mill rates become effective on bills due July 1, 2019. This means that for every $1,000 in assessed real estate value, you will pay $38.05 in taxes.
We accept cash, money orders, cashier checks, business checks, or personal checks as forms of payment at the counter in the tax office. You may pay by MasterCard, Visa from home online at www.bristolct.gov. A computer terminal is also available within the Tax Office for online payments. Delinquent motor vehicle taxes that are at least six months old must be paid in cash, certified check or money order.
All real estate and business personal property tax bills (over $100) are due in two installments; first installment due July 1 on or before August 1 and considered late with interest fees if received or postmarked after that date and second installment due January 1 on or before February 1 and considered late with interest fees if received or postmarked after that date. All motor vehicle tax bills are due July 1 and are due in one installment. These bills can be paid during the entire month of July without any interest penalty and would only be considered late with interest fees added if received or postmarked after August 1. Supplemental motor vehicle tax bills are mailed in late December and are also due in one installment on January 1. These bills can be paid during the entire month of January without any interest penalty and would only be considered late with interest fees added if received or postmarked after February 1.
The most convenient and efficient way to pay is by check sent via the USPS. Taxpayers can also pay by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, and Discover) online from home at www.bristolct.gov. There is an additional fee of 2.95% if paying by credit card. Our office does accept cash payment. We do have restrictions of what we will accept for payment if your tax bill is delinquent six months or older.
Your cancelled check will be your receipt. If an alternate receipt is desired, send the entire bill (including the taxpayer copy just as it was mailed to you) and a self addressed, stamped envelope with your payment. We will date stamp “paid” on your taxpayer copy and mail it back to you. On the second payment in January, again mail us the taxpayer copy along with the second payment due coupon and we will stamp the taxpayer copy for the second time and mail it back to you.Please retain the stamped copy for your records. This may be needed when filing state and government taxes each year.
Tax payments must be received or US Postal Service postmarked by August 1 (first installment) or February 1 (second installment) to avoid the accrual of interest. If a payment is received and is postmarked after August 1, it will immediately be subject to 3% interest (1.5% for July and 1.5% for August). Interest will then continue to accrue at a rate of 1.5% per month (18% annually) and you will be billed for the balance due. The same would be true with the second payment of real estate and personal property taxes if received or postmarked after February 1. The interest will be added back to January and 3% interest will be added immediately on February 2.
Pay your motor vehicle taxes on time. In an attempt to collect outstanding motor vehicle taxes owed, the City may contract with outside vendors which will provide an additional means for the city to enforce collections by performing daily sweeps of the city to find tax scofflaws and reporting delinquencies to Collection Agencies. Additional fees will be incurred. Any delinquent payments made shall be in the form of cash, money order or bank check in person at the counter. Credit card payments are only accepted online, a processing fee will be charged by Peoples Bank. No personal checks will be accepted.
Supplemental motor vehicle tax bills are mailed in late December and are also due in one installment on January 1. These bills can be paid during the entire month of January without any interest penalty and would only be considered late with interest fees added if received or postmarked after February 1.