Q: What if I never received a tax bill?
A: Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) Section 12-130 states “…failure to send out any… tax bill shall not invalidate the tax....” You are not exempt from payment of all taxes and all interest charges. If you do not receive a bill for which you are responsible, call the Tax Collectors Office at (860) 757-9630 and request a copy. You may also download the Tax Payment General Information form and fax your inquiry to the Tax Collector's Office at (860) 722-6085.
Q: Do I need to save my receipts?
A: Yes. Save your receipts for 15 years, which is the length of time during which municipal taxes are collectible. Receipts will be issued for payments made in person at the Tax Office window. You must retain your own payment information for purposes of claiming tax credits and filling out federal and state income tax forms. Requests for information about payments made in prior fiscal years must be in writing; a fee is charged for research. Please plan ahead, as research will not be done while you wait.
Q: What do I own that is subject to taxes?
A: Three types of property are assessed and subject to taxes:
Real Estate: Any land or buildings are considered real estate. Motor Vehicle: Registered motorized or non-motorized vehicles, (including cars, trucks, trailers and motorcycles) are considered motor vehicles for tax purposes. Personal Property: Personal property is a general category including business equipment, machinery, furniture and fixtures either owned or leased by business. Unregistered motor vehicles are also taxed as personal property.
Q: How is the tax rate established? A: The property tax rate is expressed in mills, or thousandths of a dollar. A tax rate (mill rate) of 68.34 mills is equivalent to $68.34 in taxes per $1,000 of net assessed value. The City of Hartford sets the mill rates annually in May/ June as part of the municipal budget process.
Q: When are taxes due?
A: Taxes are due July 1st and January 1st. If a tax bill is $100 or less, the full amount is due on July 1st.
Tax Collection Office
Address: 550 Main St
Hartford, CT 06103
Office: (860) 757-9630
Fax: (860) 722-6085