Tax Collector

Hours of

Operation

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Wednesday night 6-7:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.- Noon
 
Title :
Tax Collector
Name:
Gail Izbicki
Address:
Lisbon Town Hall, 1 Newent Road, Lisbon, CT 06351
Phone:
860-376-4188
Fax:
860-376-6545
Email:

gizbicki@lisbonct.com

 

Responsibilities:
The Tax Collector collects payments of personal, real estate, and motor vehicle property taxes.  These taxes are levied in July and are based on the value of the property (determined by the Assessor) as of October 1 of the previous year multiplied by the mill rates set in the annual adopted budget.  For example: the taxes levied in July 2009 are based on the October 1, 2008 values multiplied by the mill rate adopted in June 2009.
The taxes levied are generally due in two equal installments.  However, all motor vehicle taxes and property tax bills which are less than or equal to $100 are due and payable in a single installment.  Each installment has a one-month grace period in which the taxes may be paid without incurring interest charges.  For example, and installment that is due on July 1 will not accrue interest unless it is paid after August 1.  Interest on delinquent accounts accrues at 1.5% per month (simple interest, not compounded). 

Methods of Payment

The Tax Collector accepts cash, personal checks, cashier checks and business checks for all bills. 

Payments may be made by:

  • Mailing checks and bills to the Tax Collector’s office,
  • Dropping off checks and bills in the drop box at the entrance to the Town Hall,
  • Paying by cash or check at the Tax Collector’s office,
  • Or you can now pay your taxes online by credit card only.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What if I don’t receive a tax bill?

A:  Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) Section 12-130 states “…failure to receive any… tax bill shall not invalidate the tax…”   You are not exempt from payment of all tax and interest charges.  If you own a vehicle or real estate on October 1st of any given year, you should expect a tax bill the following July.  If you do not receive a bill for which you are responsible, call the Tax Collector’s Office at (860) 376-4188 and request a copy. 

Q: Do I need to save my receipts?

A:  Yes.  Save your receipts for 15 years. This is the length of time during which municipal taxes are collectible.  Receipts will be issued for payments made in person at the Tax Collector’s Office.  If you pay by mail and would like a receipt, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment.  If you would like copies of your receipts after taxes have been paid, they are available for $1.00 per copy.  The Tax Office DOES NOT give out tax information over the phone for income tax purposes.  You must retain your own payment information for the purposes of claiming tax credits and filling out federal and state income tax forms.  This information is available on the Town of Lisbon website under “Tax Bill Inquiry”.

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 that 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 a business. 

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 23.84 mills is equivalent to $23.84 in taxes per $1000 of net assessed value.  The Town of Lisbon sets the mill rate annually in May/June as a part of the municipal budget process.

Q: When are taxes due?
A: Taxes are due by July 1st and January 1st.  If a real estate or personal property tax bill is $100 or less, the full amount is due on July 1st. Motor vehicle tax bills are due in full in July, supplemental motor vehicle tax bills are due in full in January.

Q: I received a letter from a collection agency regarding taxes that I owe to the Town of Lisbon.  What should I do?
A: After a number of years, the Town of Lisbon turns over unpaid motor vehicle and personal property tax bills to Rossi Law Offices, Ltd. of Smithfield, Rhode Island for collection.  If you receive a notice from the collection agency regarding delinquent taxes, you must contact them and make arrangements to pay.  Once those taxes are paid in full, contact our office as there is a possibility you may also still owe taxes that have not yet been sent to collection.

PAYMENT INFORMATION

Q: What is the best way to pay my tax bill?

A: The most convenient way to pay is with a check by mail.  Write the list numbers on your check.  Your list numbers are shown on your bill.  If you wish to have a receipt returned to you, please send the entire tax bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment.  We will not mail your receipt if you fail to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  Mail payments to:  Town of Lisbon, 1 Newent Rd, Lisbon, CT 06351     
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL CASH

Q: Can I pay my motor vehicle delinquent taxes by personal check?

A: Yes. But if you have a delinquent motor vehicle taxes and are planning to register a vehicle with the Department of Motor Vehicles and require a release from the Tax Collector, you must pay with Cash, Money Order, or Certified Bank Check. If payment is made by Personal Check, a release will be issued after ten (10) business days.  If payment is made online, this is considered payment by check.  You cannot get an immediate clearance if you pay online.

Q: Can I make partial payments for taxes?

A:  Partial payments are accepted.  Interest is charged at the statutory rate (currently 1½ % per month/ 18% per year) from the due date.  On any partial payments received, interest is paid first, then principal.  Taxes must be paid in full for lien releases or for motor vehicle registration clearance.

Q: What are the office hours of the Tax Collector?

A:  The Tax Collector’s office is currently open Monday through Thursday 9am-2pm, Friday 9am-noon, and Wednesdays from 6pm-7:30pm.

LATE PAYMENT ISSUES

Q: What happens if I pay late?

A:  Real estate and personal property taxes are due in two installments for each fiscal year.  You have a one-month “grace” period in which to pay without penalty, either in person or by mail.  The first payment is due on July 1st and must be paid by August 1st to avoid interest charges.  The second installment is due on January 1st and must be paid by February 1st to avoid interest charges.  In accordance with CGS 12-146, past due payments are subject to interest at the rate of one and one half percent (1½ %) per month from the due date of the tax (July 1) or a $2.00 minimum, whichever is greater.  Payments made on or after August 2, including payments postmarked August 2 and later are past due and will incur 3% interest, representing two months’ delinquency (July and August).  The town is required by law to accept the postmark as the date of payment.

Q: Can the interest on my tax bill be waved?

A: NO. The Tax Collector does not have the authority to waive interest and can make NO EXCEPTIONS(CGS 12-146) Property owners are responsible to pay their taxes when they are due.

Q: My tax bill shows “back taxes due” and I am being charged interest and other fees.  What does that mean?

A:  According to our records, there are past due taxes in your name, or on the parcel of property in question.  Call (860) 376-4188 with questions.  Delinquent taxes and interest must be paid in full before payment on current bills can be accepted.  Any payment you send in toward current taxes will be applied to outstanding back taxes.

REAL ESTATE QUESTIONS

Q:  My real estate tax bill should be paid by my bank or mortgage company:  I received the tax bill in the mail directly from the Town.  What should I do?

A:  The Town receives lists from banks/mortgage companies in April and May requesting bills for the July payments.  If the bank does not request your bill, it will be sent directly to you.  If you receive your tax bill, immediately contact the bank/ mortgage company for instructions on where to send the tax bill.  (The address may be printed in your mortgage payment coupon book.)  After you have the information, make a copy of your bill, circle the dollar amount of the real estate payment due, write your loan number on it, and immediately forward it to your escrow agent or mortgage company.  Additional instructions may be available on the web site of your bank/ mortgage company. .

Q: I recently bought (or sold) a house in Lisbon, and I have a question about what I owe.  What should I do?

A:  The property tax bills due in July will reflect ownership changes recorded through early April.  If you recently purchased property in Lisbon and have not yet received a real estate tax bill, call the Tax Collector’s Office immediately at (860) 376-4188.  Check with the Assessor’s Office to ensure their records have been updated.  Payment must be made by August 1, whether or not a bill has been received!

MOTOR VEHICLES QUESTIONS

Q: If I am being improperly billed for a motor vehicle, what should I do?

A: Contact the Assessor’s office at (860) 376-5115, or by fax at (860) 376-6545.  DO NOT IGNORE YOUR BILL

 If any of these situations applies to you, you may be entitled to a credit:

  • If your vehicle has been sold and the plates returned to DMV;
  • Your vehicle has been stolen and not recovered
  • Your vehicle has been repossessed
  • Your vehicle has been declared a total loss
  • Your vehicle has been junked
  • You have moved from Connecticut and have registered the vehicle out of state

Contact the Assessor’s office for information regarding the acceptable forms of proof for the issuance of a credit. Two forms of written proof are required.  You must apply for a credit within a limited time, so do not delay.

Q: I need to register my car.  What should I do?

A: If you owe delinquent property taxes on any vehicle in your name, you may not renew any registrations at the Department of Motor Vehicles without paying your taxes first.  This applies to any motor vehicle tax bills that have your name on them.  All past due taxes in your name must be paid in full by cash, cashiers check, or money order for an immediate clearance (stamp or release form).  For payments made by personal check, clearance will be given after ten (10) business days.

Q: I have moved.  What is my tax jurisdiction for motor vehicle taxes?

A:  Your tax town is your town of residency as of October 1.  If you moved from Lisbon after October 1, but still reside in Connecticut, you must pay vehicle taxes to Lisbon.  Municipalities within Connecticut do not apportion motor vehicle tax bills for portions of a year.  If you register the vehicle in another state, contact the Assessor’s Office.  If you move, you must notify the Department of Motor Vehicle of your new address within 48 hours.  You should request a change of address on your driver’s license and on your vehicle registration(s).  The address on the vehicle registration is the only address given to the Tax Collector’s Office and cannot be changed at the Tax Collector’s Office.

Q: I recently replaced a vehicle and received a tax bill on the old vehicle.  Do I still 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 in July.  In January, you will receive a pro-rated Supplemental motor vehicle tax bill, payable by February 1 for the new vehicle.  This bill will reflect a credit for the amount you have paid in July on the old vehicle.  You will receive this credit without having to apply for it.  However, you must have paid the entire amount due on the old vehicle in July.  If you obtained new license plates for the new vehicle, you must apply for a credit.  Check the Assessor’s web page for the procedures for receiving credit.

Q: What is a “Supplemental” motor vehicle tax bill?

A: If you newly registered a motor vehicle after October 1, 2009 (first time registration), you will receive a pro-rated tax bill in January 2011, due on January 1, payable by February 1.  This “supplemental” bill will reflect the length of time, from the month the vehicle was first registered, through September 30.  If you replaced a vehicle and used the same plates to register the replacement vehicle, see answer above.
Town of Lisbon, CT | 1 Newent Road Lisbon, CT 06351 | Call: 860-376-3400 | Fax: 860-376-6545
 
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