Tax Collector - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is a Mill Rate?
The tax per dollar of assessed value of property. The rate is expressed in "mills", where one mill is one-tenth of a cent ($0.001).
What is Wolcott’s current mill rate?
Wolcott’s current mill rate for the October 1, 2011 Grand List Year is 25.27.
How is the tax amount determined?
The mill rate is multiplied by the assessed value of the property to determine the tax amount. For example, if your property is assessed at $100,000.00, and the mill rate is 25.27, you multiply 100,000 x .02268 = $2268.00 yearly tax.
When are the tax bills mailed?
The tax bills that are due in July are usually mailed by the 3rd week of June. The Tax Collector’s Office has to wait until the mill rate is set (usually the first Tuesday in June) before the tax amounts can be calculated, and the physical bills printed and mailed. Supplemental motor vehicle tax bills are mailed in late December and are due in January.
Will I get a tax bill in January for the 2nd half of the real estate taxes?
No, real estate tax bills, like all other tax bills are mailed once per year, usually in late June (except for supplemental tax bills, which are mailed in late December.) The first installment is due July 1st and the second installment is due on January 1st. We suggest that when you receive your real estate tax bill in June, that you remove the January payment stub from the bottom of the bill and attach it to your December calendar so that you don’t forget to pay it in January. Reminders are not sent to pay the January installment of Real Estate bills.
What forms of payment are acceptable?
Payments can be made by cash, personal check, money order, bank check, online and credit card. Please note that there is a 3.41% convenience fee when paying by credit card. Click here to see a more detailed explanation on acceptable methods of payment.
Who are payments made payable to?
In all cases but one, you should make your check payable to "Wolcott Tax Collector". The only exception to this is when paying your Sewer Usage Fee. In that case, please make your check payable to "W.P.C.A.".
Can I mail in my tax payment?
Yes, we encourage you to mail your payments. However, please do not send cash payments through the mail. Mail your payments to “Tax Collector of Wolcott” at 10 Kenea Avenue, Wolcott, CT 06716
Does the tax office accept the postmark on mailed payments as the received date?
Yes, as long as the U.S. Post Office postmarks the payment envelope on or before the last day of the grace period, the payment will be considered “on time”.
How do I obtain a receipt if I mail in my tax payment?
Send in a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) if you wish to have a receipt mailed back to you.
Can I get copies of paid tax bills when I am ready to file my Federal and State Income Tax?
It is possible to get copies of paid tax bills, but we strongly suggest that you keep your original receipts or cancelled checks for filing tax forms. The Tax Collector’s Office charges a fee of $.50 per tax bill copy. You can also view and/or print copies of paid tax bills online.
Can I combine my motor vehicle, personal property and real estate taxes on one check?
Yes, one check can be written for motor vehicle, real estate and personal property taxes. You cannot combine sewer and water assessments or usage fees with tax payments. Sewer and water are all separate accounts and must be paid by separate checks.
Can I combine my taxes and sewer or water payments on one check?
NO. Payments for taxes, sewer and water usage fees and assessments are all deposited in different accounts, therefore must be paid by individual checks.
What happens if I get a tax bill for a vehicle that I no longer own?
If you transferred the plates from one vehicle to another, you should pay the tax bill for the old vehicle. Next January you will receive a supplemental bill for the vehicle you currently own, and on that same bill you will receive credit for the amount you paid for the old vehicle.
If you turned the plates in to the Department of Motor Vehicles, you need to provide the Assessor’s Office with two forms of proof that you no longer own the vehicle to remove it from the tax list. One form of proof must be the plate receipt from the Department of Motor Vehicle. You should contact the Assessor’s office at (203) 879-8100 or click here for more detailed information.
What happens if I get a tax bill for real estate that I no longer own?
Please notify the Tax Collector’s Office if you receive a tax bill for property that you no longer own. The tax office does not receive transfer of ownership information on the same day it occurs. It sometimes takes up to 4 to 6 weeks before we get notification of new owners.
What is a Supplemental Motor Vehicle Tax Bill?
Supplemental Motor vehicle tax bills are issued when a vehicle is purchased after October 1st and before July 31st. For example, if a vehicle is purchased in December of 2011, a supplemental tax bill, covering the months from December 2011 through September 2012, will be due in January of 2013.
If there are two taxpayer names on one motor vehicle tax bill, are both taxpayers required to have all their taxes paid in order to receive a release from DMV?
Yes. Both taxpayers must have paid all of their delinquent taxes in certified funds before a DMV release can be issued to either party.
What if the check I used to pay my taxes is returned to the bank for insufficient funds (ISF)?
When a check is returned to the bank for ISF, we must void the tax payment and issue a new bill for the taxes and a “returned check fee” in the amount of $30.00 to the taxpayer. The new bill will also include any additional late fees that have incurred.
I just bought property in Wolcott, why didn’t I receive a tax bill?
If you recently purchased property in Wolcott and did not receive a bill, please contact us immediately. The tax office does not receive transfer of ownership information on the same day it occurs. It sometimes takes up to 4 to 6 weeks before we get notification of new owners.
I just paid off my mortgage. How do I make sure that the tax bill gets mailed to me and not the mortgage company?
Your mortgage company should inform us of this information, but they don’t always follow through. If you recently paid off your mortgage and your mortgage company was paying your taxes, you need to call the Tax Office as soon as possible to let us know. We will remove the bank code from your account and make sure that you receive a copy of the tax bill. You can also view your tax bill on line by looking up the address, by entering the # and the street name such as Kenea, do not put Street or Avenue because it maybe abbreviated in the system and will not match your inquiry.
How long should I keep my tax payment receipts?
It is recommended that you keep tax payment receipts for 15 years.
Are discount programs available for veterans, elderly or totally disabled taxpayers?
Yes, there are discount programs available for veterans, elderly and the totally disabled. Please contact the Assessor’s Office at (203) 879-8100 or click here for more information.
What happens if I don’t receive a tax bill in July for my vehicle? **
Please contact the Tax Collector’s Office as soon as possible. If your vehicle was registered in Wolcott on October 1, 2011 you should have received a tax bill for July of 2012. If your vehicle was registered after October 1, 2011, but before July 30, 2012, you won’t receive a tax bill until January of 2013.
What happens if I don’t receive a tax bill for my real estate?**
Please contact the Tax Collector’s Office as soon as possible. If you recently purchased the property, it is possible that the Tax Collector’s Office has not yet been notified of the change of owner, and the tax bill may have been sent to the prior owner in error. Another reason that you have not received your tax bill could be that a mortgage company may have requested your bill in error.
What happens if I don’t receive a tax bill for my business? **
Please contact the Tax Collector’s Office as soon as possible. The reasons for not receiving a tax bill for your business are many. You may not have filed the proper paperwork for your business with the Town of Wolcott, or we may not have your correct mailing address.
Failure to receive a tax bill does not invalidate the tax or interest due. As owners of property, taxpayers are responsible to know when their taxes are due. Failure to have received a bill does not exempt the taxpayer from payment of all taxes and all interest charges and collection cost, per Connecticut General Statute 12-130 and 12-146. Interest is charged to all late payments. There are no exceptions to this policy.