The Tax Collector's Office manages all aspects of billing and processing of residental, business, and vehicular property tax. While the Tax Collector is an elected position, the Tax Collector Assistant is an appointed position.
The Mill Rate effective July 2017 through June 30, 2018,
based on the October 1, 2016 Grand List is 28.50.
Tax Payment Schedule
1st installment is due August 1, 2017. Last day to pay is 9/1/17
2nd installment is due January 1, 2018. Last day to pay is 2/1/18.
Frequently Asked Questions
(Q.) What do I own that is subject to taxes in Hampton?(A.) Three types of property are assessed and subject to taxes: Real Estate, Motor Vehicle, and Personal Property. Any land or buildings you own are considered real estate. Registered motor vehicles (cars, trucks, motorcycles, RV’s and trailers) are taxed as motor vehicles. Unregistered motor vehicles and business furniture, fixtures, and equipment owned or leased by a business are grouped together as personal property. (Q.) How is the tax rate established?(A.) The property tax rate is expressed in mills, or thousandths of a dollar. This year’s (2016) tax rate (mill rate) of 28.50 mills is equivalent to $28.50 in taxes per $1,000 of net assessed value. The mill rate is set annually as part of the budget process by the Treasurer and the Board of Finance. (Q.) What period of time does this bill cover?(A.) Motor Vehicle and Personal Property tax bills sent out in July 2017 cover autos owned and registered on October 1, 2016 and Personal Property that was declared on October 1, 2016. Real Estate is not covered by statute and is adjusted at the time of sale by the closing attorneys. It is important that transfers that take place within 60 days of a due date are checked to insure that tax payments are made on time to avoid interest charges. (Q.) What is the best way to pay my taxes?(A.) The most convenient way is to pay by mail. You will have your check as a receipt and avoid lines. A courtesy yellow envelope is included with your July bill if you wish to mail your payment. Your payment must be postmarked by September 1, 2017 for the first payment and by February 1, 2018 for the second payment to avoid interest charges. Enclose the payment stub and write the bill numbers on the memo section of your check. If you enclose a stamped self addressed envelope and your entire bill, we will return a receipt to you. When paying in person, please bring your entire bill with you. (Q.) What happens if I pay late?(A.) First installment Real Estate, Personal Property and Motor Vehicle taxes are due on Aug. 1, 2017 payable by Septembert 1, 2017. Second installment Real Estate and Personal Property (over $100) and supplemental Motor Vehicle taxes are due on January 1, 2018 and payable by February 1, 2018. You have a one month payment window in which to pay in person or by mail postmark. If you do not pay within this window or grace period, interest is charged from the due date. A payment made on Sept. 4 would entail interest for Aug @1.5% and Sept @1.5% for a total of 3% (minimum interest =$2.00) (Q.) Can the Interest on my tax bill be waived?(A:) No. The Tax Collector does not have the authority to waive interest and makes no exceptions. As owners of property, taxpayers are responsible to see that taxes are paid when due. (Q.) What if I never received a tax bill?(A.) Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt you from payment of all taxes and all interest charges. If you do not receive a bill for which you are responsible, call the Tax Collector’s office for a duplicate copy. You may fax your request to 860 455-0517 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . (Q.) Do I need my receipts?(A.) Yes. Keep all receipts for the 15 years that tax bills are collectible. Everyone paying at the Tax Office must be issued a receipt. Payments may not be dropped off. (Q.) I am improperly being billed for a motor vehicle. What should I do?(A.) Contact the Assessor’s office. Do not ignore the bill. Even if your vehicle has been sold, salvaged, wrecked or stolen and the plates turned in to the DMV, if the paperwork does not go through the Assessor’s office it is your responsibility to notify them. You may receive a credit, and you have a limited time to act. (Q.) I moved from Hampton and never received my motor vehicle bill. Why do I owe taxes and interest?(A.) If you had a car registered in Hampton on the assessment date, you owe the tax. A bill is sent to the last known address. You have 48 hours to notify DMV when you move. You must tell them each registration plate and your license # to complete the address change. You can make this address change at http://www.ct.gov/dmv/ (Q.) I recently replaced a vehicle and got a tax bill for the old vehicle. Do I have to pay it?(A.) Yes. If you replaced one vehicle with another, and used the same license plates, you must pay on the old vehicle now and you will receive a pro-rated supplemental bill for the following January. This supplemental bill automatically reflects a credit for the previously paid bill. If you used new license plates you must apply for the credit in the Assessor’s office. (Q.) Could I be eligible for any exemptions?(A.) You may be. The exemption categories include: Veteran; Spouse of a deceased veteran; Blind; Totally Disabled; Motor Vehicle of an active duty serviceman or servicewoman; Farmers/Merchants; "Freight for Hire” motor vehicles. Seniors with limited income recieve some assistance. Special land classification assessments are available under PA490 for farm, forest & open space. For details and qualifications, see the Assessor. (Q.) When should I expect to receive my tax bill?(A.) Tax Bills will be mailed on or about July 1, each year. All tax bills are mailed to property owners on the October 1, 2016 Grand List unless the Tax Collector receives instructions to send the bill to your bank or lending institution. Supplemental motor vehicle bills are mailed prior to January 1. No Real Estate bills are mailed for January.