General Tax Information

CITY HALL CLOSED TO PUBLIC EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, City Hall has been temporarily closed to the public 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 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.


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 that were on the Grand List as of October 1, 2018 are due and payable on January 1, 2020.

“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,” said Bednaz.  “Please use that coupon to send your January payment.”

“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, 2020,” said Councilman David Preleski.  “Also of note, UCC Liens will be filed with the Secretary of State on all unpaid Personal Property taxes like business equipment.  “A UCC lien is a claim against business assets under the U.S. Uniform Commercial Code. UCC filing simply lets the City establish a priority claim on the business assets if they fail to pay taxes. It’s filed with the Secretary of State, under the CONCORD system. Last April the City of Bristol filed over 226 UCC Liens,” Preleski continued.

In order to be in compliance with the CT General Statutes, owners of Motor Vehicles which were registered between the dates of October 2, 2018 and July 31, 2019, are also notified that they are liable for a tax on such motor vehicles on the City’s Supplemental 2018 Motor Vehicle Grand List.  This tax is due and payable as of January 1, 2020. These bills will be mailed on December 30, 2019.  “All delinquent Motor Vehicle taxes will be reported to DMV; this will hold you up from registering a new vehicle and renewing a registration,” said Bednaz. “Any unpaid motor vehicle tax bill older than six months will be in jeopardy of being reported to a collection agency and additional fees may be applied.”

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 24 and 48 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 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 and boot tax scofflaws and reporting delinquencies to Collection Agencies.  Additional fees will be incurred.

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 October 1, 2018.  It is your responsibility to request a bill at the time of the closing, please consult with your Attorney.

Failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax or interest that accrues. Interest begins to accrue if payments are not received or U.S. postal service postmarked by August