General Tax Information

REMINDER:  JULY TAX INSTALLMENT DUE by October 1, 2020:

 

City Tax Collector, Ann Bednaz, has announced that ALL REAL ESTATE, PERSONAL PROPERTY & MOTOR VEHICLE TAX BILLS on the 2019 Grand List were due and payable on July 1, 2020.  The last day to pay these taxes to avoid interest is October 1, 2020, per an Executive Order by Governor Lamont and approved by the City of Bristol City Council.

The Deferment Program provided additional relief for all Bristol residents on interest and penalties by extending the grace period for property taxes for those impacted by COVID-19.

The Executive Order extended the time period to pay most taxes by three months.  Instead of August 3rd, being the last day to pay this year, October 1, 2020 is the last day to pay without penalty.  

Please note:

Payments must be received or USPS postmarked by October 1, 2020 or they will be considered delinquent.  Delinquent payments are subject to an interest charge of 1.5% per month starting with the July 1 due date. The minimum calculated interest charge is $2.00 per CT State Statute Sec. 12-146.

Taxpayers are being encouraged to mail their tax payments to: Tax Collector, City of Bristol, P.O. Box 1040, Bristol, CT 06011-1040 or pay online at www.bristolct.gov.  The ENTIRE 3-part bill and a self-addressed stamped envelope MUST accompany the payment if a receipt is desired through the US Postal Service.

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.

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 after October 1, 2020 will be reported to DMV and may be reported to a collection agency, additional fees may be applied.

The Tax Office is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday.  The Tax Office drive thru window will be open through October 1, 2020.

REMINDER: JULY TAX INSTALLMENT DUE:

City Tax Collector, Ann Bednaz, announced that tax bills on the Grand List of October 1, 2019 will be mailed on June 30, 2020.

The current mill rate is 38.35 per $1,000 of assessment.

Real Estate, all Personal Property and all Motor Vehicle tax bills that are due on July 1, 2020 will not be considered delinquent until after October 1, 2020 per an Executive Order by Governor Lamont and approved by the City of Bristol City Council.

The Deferment Program seeks to provide additional relief for all Bristol residents on interest and penalties by extending the grace period for property taxes for those impacted by COVID-19. The Executive Order extends the time period to pay taxes by three months. Instead of August 3rd, being the last day to pay this year, October 1, 2020 is the last day to pay without penalty.

Please note:

Real estate accounts in escrow and paid by a bank are not eligible for this program

No application is necessary for taxpayers including businesses.

The second installment for Real Estate and Personal Property will be due January 1, 2021 and is payable on or before February 1, 2021 without interest.

All motor vehicle bills are due July 1, 2020 in one installment payable on or before October 1, 2020 without interest.

Payments must be received or USPS postmarked by “Delinquent after date” referenced on bill or they will be considered delinquent. Delinquent payments are subject to an interest charge of 1.5% per month starting with the July 1 due date. The minimum calculated interest charge is $2.00 per CT State Statute Sec. 12-146.

Taxpayers are being encouraged to mail their tax payments to: Tax Collector, City of Bristol, P.O. Box 1040, Bristol, CT 06011-1040 or pay online at www.bristolct.gov The ENTIRE 3-part bill and a self-addressed stamped envelope MUST accompany the payment if a receipt is desired through the US Postal Service.

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.

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 after October 1, 2020 will be reported to DMV and may be reported to a collection agency, additional fees may be applied.

The Tax Office is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday thru Thursday, and 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM on Friday. The Tax Office drive thru window will be open from July 1 through October 1, 2020.  Credit Cards are not accepted at the Drive Thru window.

For your safety, Pedestrians are not allowed in the Drive Thru area.  Please no walk ups.

CITY HALL is NOW OPEN TO the PUBLIC EFFECTIVE JULY 6, 2020.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be modifications to how business will be  conducted.  Citizens are being asked to wear masks and adhere to social distancing to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

To reach the Tax Office, please call our office at 860-584-6270 or email us 

Please mail payments  AND ALL BILL STUBS to:  

Tax Collector
City of Bristol
PO Box 1040
Bristol, CT  06011-1040

or use our online payment option during this time

Thank you for your patience and understanding, as together we keep our community safe.


liens on unpaid real estate taxes will be placed as of june 1, 2020:

In accordance with CT State Statute, 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 June 1, 2020. Real Estate taxes became delinquent after February 3, 2020 and are not included in the Governor’s Executive Order 7S.

Residents unsure of their real estate taxes can check their outstanding balance and make a payment by visiting: www.bristolct.gov, under Citizen Help Center, Pay Online, Tax Payments.

COVID-19 RELATED LOCAL TAX deferment PROGRAM for july 1, 2020 tax bills:

Property Tax Deferment Program for ALL TAXPAYERS

Effective immediately any Real Estate, Personal Property and Motor Vehicle tax bills that are due on July 1, 2020 will not be considered delinquent until after October 1, 2020 per an Executive Order by Governor Lamont and approved by the City of Bristol City Council.

The Deferment Program seeks to provide additional relief on interest and penalties by extending the grace period for property taxes for those impacted by COVID-19.

Please note:

Real estate accounts in escrow and paid by a bank are not eligible for this program

No application is necessary for taxpayers including businesses, with the exception of landlords.

TAX QUESTIONS Due to COVID-19 IN ACCORDANCE WITH EXECUTIVE ORDER 7S:

What does the Deferment Program mean? 

This is an extended grace period program for upcoming Real Estate, Personal Property, and Motor Vehicle tax bills due on July 1, 2020, with the exceptions of escrows. It defers the payment deadline until three months from the tax due date, instead of the usual 30 days. Interest will not be charged during those three months.

When is a deferred tax bill due? 

Deferred tax bills are still due July 1, 2020, but the interest-free grace period is now extended until October 1, 2020, instead of the deadline being August 3, 2020.

Whose tax bills are covered under this deferment? 

Any resident or business owner who will have unescrowed real estate, motor vehicle, or personal property tax bills due July 1, 2020. 

What is the penalty to pay a deferred tax bill on October 2nd, 2020? 

Interest is based off of the original July 1, 2020 due date, so an October 2, 2020 late payment would be charged 6% interest. Per state statute Sec 12-146, even one day late generates the month’s interest charge, so it would be 1.5% for each month (July, August, September, and October) that the bill has existed.

Do delinquent bills get an extension of time? 

No. This pertains only to new tax bills for July 1, 2020.

How is my escrowed real estate tax bill affected? 

If your real estate taxes are escrowed, the bill is not deferred per the Governor’s Executive Order. The bank or mortgage company is still required to pay by Monday, August 3, 2020. If they are paid after August 3, 2020, they will be charged interest of 1.5% per month based off of the original July 1, 2020 due date.

How do I pay my bill? 

When making payment please include all bill stubs that you are paying with your payment.  This will ensure timely processing of your payment.  For instance, if paying real estate and motor vehicle bills, include a stub for each type of bill with payment.

If you want a receipt, please include the ENTIRE BILL, with a self addressed stamped envelope along with payment and a receipt will be provided for you.  Otherwise, your canceled check will be your receipt.  

If paying by bill pay, please ensure that your list number and information is correct in the memo section.  The list numbers change from year to year.

Mail tax payments and all stubs to: Tax Collector, City of Bristol, PO Box 1040, Bristol, CT 06011-1040

Mailed payments that are delivered after October 1, 2020 must have an official USPS postmark of October 1, 2020 or prior, or they will be considered delinquent and charged interest.

OR pay online at: Online Tax Payments

Unfortunately People’s Bank will not waive the fees associated with paying online.

Why am I still receiving notices? 

Reminder notices can continue to be sent for any delinquent tax bills to make taxpayers aware of their outstanding balance which may be subject to penalties or property liens per CT General Statutes.

Will my property be liened for delinquent taxes? 

Yes. If there is an outstanding balance on real estate or personal property bills from the 2018 Grand List (due July 1, 2019 and January 1, 2020), a lien will be placed. UCC Liens for personal property delinquencies are currently being filed with the State. Liens for real estate delinquencies will be placed on June 1, 2020. For upcoming real estate and personal property bills that are due July 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021, liens will be placed for outstanding balances in the Spring of 2021.

Will I still be reported to the DMV for delinquent motor vehicle tax? 

Yes, but delinquent bills that are due July 1, 2020, will not be reported until early October 2020.


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 by People’s Bank 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.