Tax FAQ

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When will I receive my tax bill?

Real Estate, Motor Vehicle, and Personal Property tax bills for the current tax year will be mailed the last week of June. Residents will not receive a reminder or separate bill for the installment due in January. The Town will communicate due dates online.

When are taxes due?

Tax bills are due in two installments: July 1, 2021, and January 1, 2022. A thirty-day grace period applies to all tax bills. Installments due July 1, 2021, are payable until August 1, 2021, without interest accruing. Installments due January 1, 2022, are payable until February 1, 2022, without interest accruing. Bills of $100.00 or less are due in a single installment on July 1, 2021, with the same grace period. If the first of the month falls on a weekend, you have until the next business day to pay without interest accruing. For example, August 1, 2021, falls on a Sunday. Therefore, you have until August 2, 2021, to pay without interest accruing. 

What is subject to taxes?

Three types of property are taxable; Real Estate, Motor Vehicles, and Personal Property. Real Estate includes both buildings and land you own. Motor Vehicles include any registered cars, trucks, trailers, and motorcycles. Personal property includes machinery or fixtures leased or owned by a business and any unregistered vehicles. 

How can I pay my taxes?

In-person payments can be made Monday – Thursday, 8:00 – 4:30, and Friday 8:00 – 12:00 at the Tax Collector’s Office in Town Hall via cash, check, or money order. If you are paying with a credit or debit card, please do so online. Online payments can be made at https://www.mytaxbill.org/inet/bill/home.do?town=seymour. The following fees apply for both in-person and online payments: a flat $3.95 for Visa debit, 2.5% for all credit cards and MasterCard debit cards, and a flat $2.00 for electronic checks. Payments can be mailed in the pre-addressed envelope included with your bill. Please include the correct portion of your bill.

What happens if I pay late?

Payments made after the grace period will be subject to interest at a rate of 1.5% per month, effective the first of each month. This includes the one-month grace period. For example, paying the installment due July 1, 2021, on August 6, 2021, will result in a total of 3% interest: 1.5% for both July and August. 

My bill says “Back Taxes Due.” What does that mean?

According to our records, there are past due taxes in your name or on the parcel of property in question. Per state statute, payments made towards accounts with delinquent or ‘Back Taxes’ must be applied toward the oldest outstanding bill first. All unpaid taxes will continue to accrue interest on the first of each month. 

Can the interest on my tax bill be waived?

No. By state statute, neither the Tax Collector nor First Selectman have the authority to waive interest. There are no exceptions.

What if I never received a tax bill?

Failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax or any interest that will accrue because of late payment. It is the responsibility of the taxpayer to know when taxes are due. If you do not receive a bill, or have misplaced it, please call the Tax Collector’s office. 

How is the tax rate established?

The property tax rate is expressed in mills or thousandths of a dollar. Seymour’s mill rate for the 2021-2022 fiscal year is 34.71 mils or $34.71 in tax per $1,000 in net assessed value. For each fiscal year, the Board of Finance recommends a budget that is put to a referendum each May. 

I recently sold or purchased a home, who is responsible for paying the tax?

The two parties determine responsibility at the time of closing. Contact your attorney with any questions.

I thought my mortgage company paid my real estate taxes?

Any questions regarding taxes paid via escrow should be addressed to your mortgage company. In regards to any unpaid real estate taxes, tell them to contact the Tax Collector immediately. 

Why are my payments going to Hartford? What is lockbox?

Lockbox is a feature that allows Seymour to more effectively process payments via the Town's bank in Hartford. This is not an error. 

What is a supplemental motor vehicle tax bill?

If you registered a vehicle after October 1, and before July 30, you will receive a pro-rated tax bill in January. Supplemental bills are due January 1, 2022, payable without interest accruing until February 1, 2022. 

Why have my car taxes increased?

Used car values increasing over the past year not unique to Seymour or Connecticut; it is part of a nationwide trend. The New York Times reported on June 10 that between May 2020 and May 2021, car prices increased by 30 percent. The assessment date of vehicles was during that time.

You can find more additional information about average car prices in the following article:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-is-exactly-how-much-car-prices-have-gone-up-2020-09-21

The Seymour Tax Collector and Seymour Assessor are bound by state statute. Questions can be addressed to the First Selectman’s Office at (203) 888 2511 and the Assessor’s Office at (203) 661 5013.

I replaced a vehicle but received a bill on the old one? Do I have to pay it?

Yes. If the new vehicle has the same license plate, you will receive a pro-rated supplemental motor vehicle tax bill in January for the new vehicle. You will then receive a credit on the supplemental bill equal to the amount paid for the old vehicle. The credit is automatic and does not require an application. Supplemental bills are mailed in January and must be paid in full by February 1 to avoid interest from accruing.

What if I have unpaid motor vehicle taxes?

Any unpaid motor vehicle tax will prevent you from registering your current and any new vehicles. All delinquent motor vehicle taxes must be paid in full to secure a release from DMV, which will be issued electronically, generally within one week of payment. Immediate release requires payment via cash, money order, or debit card.

Am I eligible for any exemptions?

Possibly. Exceptions may be available to qualified individuals, including veterans, active military personnel, the blind, and the totally disabled. Questions regarding eligibility and application requirements must contact the Assessor’s Office at (203) 881-5013).

Are there any tax breaks for senior citizens?

Those 65 or older may be eligible for tax breaks. Income restrictions apply. Questions regarding eligibility and application requirements must contact the Assessor’s Office at (203) 881-5013. 

General Information
Tax Collector
C.C.M.C.
Dana D. Flach
Phone Numbers
(203) 888-0517
Fax: (203) 881-3491
Emergencies: Dial 911
Location
1 First Street
Seymour,
CT
06483

Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM