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The new mill rate for the October 1, 2022 grand list is 30.35 on Real Estate, Personal Property, Motor Vehicle. These mill rates become effective on bills due July 1, 2023. This means that for every $1,000 in assessed real estate, personal property value and motor vehicle, you will pay $30.35 in taxes.
All real estate and business personal property tax bills (over $100) are due in two installments; first installment due July 1, 2023 and would be considered late with interest if received or postmarked after August 1, 2023. The second installment is due January 1, 2024 and would be considered late with interest if received or postmarked after February 1, 2024.
Regular motor vehicle tax bills are due July 1, 2023 and are due in one installment and would be considered late with interest if received or postmarked after August 1, 2023.
Supplemental motor vehicle tax bills were mailed in late December and were due in one installment on January 1, 2023 and are now late with interest after February 1, 2023.
To avoid long lines, the most convenient and efficient way to pay is by check sent via the USPS. Mail to Tax Collector, City of Bristol, PO Box 1040, Bristol, CT 06011-1040. Effective March 7, 2022 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 behind the old Webster Bank building on Riverside Avenue.
You can also pay at any M & T Bank Branch at no charge, please have your tax bill and payment of cash or check available. From July 1, 2023 through August 1, 2023 and from January 1, 2024 through February 1, 2024 you may pay Current bills at a M & T Bank branch; branch does not need to be in Bristol. There is no fee for this service. Please have your Current tax bill coupon along with payment in the form of cash or check.
Taxpayers can also pay by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express) or by ACH online from home at www.bristolct.gov. There is an additional fee of 2.95% if paying by credit/debit card; $1.50 ACH (check). Other options include Venmo, Apple Pay, Google Pay and PayPal (fees apply). 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.
When making payment please include all applicable bill stubs with your payment. This will ensure timely processing of your payment. Thank you.
We only accept cash, money orders, cashier checks, business checks, or personal checks as forms of payment at the counter in the tax office. We do not accept credit card payment at the counter. You may pay by MasterCard, Visa or ACH from the comfort of your home online at www.bristolct.gov. You may pay Current tax bills during the collection months of July and January at a M & T Bank Branch; branch does not have to be in Bristol. Delinquent motor vehicle taxes that are at least six months old must be paid in cash, certified check or money order.
All Motor Vehicle, Motor Vehicle Supplemental and Personal Property delinquent taxes have been referred to a Collection Agency: NCC (Nationwide Credit Corporation). Please contact them directly at 571-458-1207 to discuss payment plans and/or to make a payment in full. A collection fee has been incurred.
Go to the Main page by clicking the Home Button on top of this page, under Citizen Help Center box, Pay online, select tax payments, enter last name (space) first name, click IRS payment records for 2022, then hit Search, on the next page place a check mark in the boxes that you want, hit VIEW IRS box. This will give you a listing of taxes paid in 2022.
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 the months of July, 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 along with the Motor Vehicle Supplemental 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.
When taxes are not paid in full for each installment by the last day to pay, by state law, it becomes the duty of the collector to proceed with collection enforcement measures, as prescribed by state statute. 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 CT State Statute Sec. 12-130.
Real Estate: In accordance with Sec. 12-173 liens will be placed on all outstanding real estate taxes. These liens will be placed on the City of Bristol Land Records once they become delinquent. Delinquent real estate taxes are also subject to further collection methods including foreclosure.
Motor Vehicle: All delinquent motor vehicle taxes will be reported to DMV; this will hold you up from registering or renewing and all taxes in your name must be paid in full before being electronically released during the nightly reporting. THERE WILL BE NO IMMEDIATE RELEASES. Unpaid motor vehicle taxes will also be reported to a collection agency.
Personal Property (Business): UCC Liens will be filed with the Secretary of State on all unpaid personal property taxes and will be reported to a collection agency.
Building permits and health licenses and permits may be denied or revoked if taxes are not current.
If the mailing address is incorrect on your real estate or personal property bill, please contact the Assessor’s Office at (860)-584-6240. If the mailing address is incorrect on your motor vehicle tax bill, please correct it on the registration for that vehicle and any other vehicle registrations at the CT Department of Motor Vehicles.
Pay your real estate taxes on time. Real estate tax bills for property with an unpaid balance of any amount after the last day to pay in February will have a lien filed on the land records in the City Clerk's Office. This will become a permanent town record. Delinquent real estate taxes can be paid with a personal check but any liens involved will only be released after payment in full and 15 business days have passed.
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.
No. If you pay delinquent motor vehicle tax bills online or in person, you will NOT be able to register/renew registration at CT DMV for up to 48 to 72 hours from the time of payment. An electronic payment report is sent to DMV at the end of each business day listing all taxpayers that are cleared to register. Please plan accordingly.