General Tax Information

For Immediate Release

REMINDER: JANUARY TAX INSTALLMENT DUE

City of Bristol Tax Collector, Ann Bednaz, announced this week that the second installment of real estate and personal property taxes on the Grand List of October 1, 2021 are due and payable on January 1, 2023.  All tax bills become delinquent after February 1, 2023.

Taxpayers who do not have their banks pay their property taxes directly are encouraged to check their July bill for the Second Installment coupon for Real Estate and Personal Property taxes.  Please use that coupon to send your January payment. 

In order to be in compliance with the CT General Statutes, owners of Motor Vehicles which were registered between the dates of October 2, 2021 and July 31, 2022, are also notified that they are liable for a tax on such motor vehicles on the City’s Supplemental 2021 Motor Vehicle Grand List.  These bills will be mailed out December 30, 2022.  This tax is due and payable as of January 1, 2023; delinquent after February 1, 2023. 

It is important to note that failure to receive a bill for any reason will not invalidate the tax and/or the interest penalty per state law, or avoid the real estate lien the City is required to file on the land records against all properties on which there is a tax balance due after March 31, 2023.  Also of note, UCC Liens will be filed with the Secretary of State on all unpaid Personal Property taxes like business equipment.  All delinquent Motor Vehicle taxes will be reported to DMV; this will hold you up from registering a new vehicle and renewing a registration. 

All current tax bills may be paid in person at any M & T Bank Branch starting January 1, 2023 through February 1, 2023; the branch does not have to be in Bristol.  Please provide your current tax coupon along with payment of Cash or Check.  There is no fee for this service and is available during the January collection month.   

Payments must be received or USPS postmarked on or before February 1, 2023 or they will be considered delinquent.  Delinquent payments are subject to interest at a rate of 1.5% per month starting from the due date of January 1, 2023. The minimum calculated interest charge is $2.00 per CT State Statute Sec. 12-146.

We only accept payments by check or cash in person at our temporary location 150 Main Street (Webster Bank Building).  We do not accept credit cards at the counter.   The Tax Office is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday.

To avoid waiting in line, please mail payments to the Tax Collector’s Office, P.O. Box 1040, Bristol, CT 06011-1040. The ENTIRE bill and a self-addressed stamped envelope MUST accompany the payment if a receipt is desired.  

For essential information regarding municipal taxes, to keep up with important deadlines or to make a payment, please visit the Tax Office Page at www.bristolct.gov

Please contact the Assessor’s Office at (860) 584-6240 if you have received a bill for a vehicle that you no longer have and for questions regarding assessments and exemptions.

Any unpaid motor vehicle tax bills and unpaid personal property business taxes will be in jeopardy of being reported to a collection agency and additional fees may be applied. 


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CITY HALL MOVE

The Bristol Tax Office has moved to a temporary location due to City Hall renovations. We are now open to the public at our new location, 150 Main Street, Bristol.  Parking is available in the back parking lot off Riverside Avenue.


 

DMV clearances ARE NOW ONLY DONE ELECTRONICALLY, PER DMV’S SYSTEM. If you fail to pay your taxes on time and allow them to become delinquent, it will take between 48 to 72 hours for your name to be cleared at DMV via electronic file.  FILES ARE SENT TO DMV AT THE END OF EVERY BUSINESS DAY AND WE CANNOT IMMEDIATELY RELEASE YOU!  

You will NOT be able to register/renew on the same day you pay delinquent taxes. 

DO NOT WAIT UNTIL LAST MINUTE TO PAY YOUR DELINQUENT TAXES. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY!

Delinquent Taxes

In an attempt to collect outstanding motor vehicle, motor vehicle supplemental and personal property taxes owed, the city may contract with outside vendors which will provide an additional means for the city to enforce collections and may report delinquencies to Collection Agencies.  Additional fees will be incurred.  As of November 2020, NCC (Nationwide Credit Corporation) has been contracted to collect delinquent prior years.  Please contact them directly at 571-458-1207 to discuss payment plans and/or to make payment in full.

Anyone who thinks they owe delinquent motor vehicle taxes should click on the "Make a Payment" link and search by name.  Any delinquent payments made shall be in the form of cash, bank check, or money order in person at the counter. Credit card payments are only accepted online, but a processing fee will be charged.

Note: All motor vehicle taxes in your name must be paid in order to register any vehicle in the State of Connecticut.

Property Taxes
If you own property in town and do not escrow with a bank or mortgage company and did not receive a tax bill, or need any information, please call our office at 860-584-6270.  If you have an escrow account and the real estate tax bill was sent to you, please forward the bill to your bank.

NEW REAL ESTATE OWNER’S: You may be responsible for a tax payment (usually the second installment that is due in January) and we do not send out bills for the Second installment.  The entire bill is mailed in July to the owner of record as of the previous October 1.  It is your responsibility to request a bill at the time of the closing, please consult with your Attorney.

Payments must be received or USPS postmarked by “Delinquent after date” referenced on bill or they will be considered delinquent.

Failure to receive a bill for any reason will not invalidate the tax and/or the interest penalty per CT State Statutes Sec. 12-130.