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    Motor Vehicle Credit Procedure

    Motor vehicles tax bills that are issued July 1st encompass the period form the preceding October 1st to the next September 30th.

    If you disposed of your vehicle and did not transfer the plate to a replacement vehicle, you may be entitled to a tax credit.

    If you transferred your plates to a new (replacement) vehicle, you are not entitled to an adjustment for the time period that the old vehicle was no longer owned. In essence, the adjustment follows the license plate. The original bill for the old vehicle should be paid. A supplemental list will generate a bill for the new vehicle with an assessment credit (exemption) for the period that the old vehicle was no longer owned.

    It is strongly recommended that people seeking an adjustment pay their full tax bill on time. If the bill is adjusted later, upon presentation of documentation, a refund may be issued, due to the vehicle being sold, totaled, donated etc. & the plates were not transferred to a replacement vehicle.

    CT Department of Motor Vehicles does not inform the City when plates are returned or when vehicles are sold, registered out of state or otherwise disposed of. It is the taxpayer’s responsibility to provide the required documentation within the time limits as provided under applicable CT law.

    All proof for adjustments (“prorations”) of motor vehicle assessments must be presented within 27 months of the assessment date. Example: the owner of a vehicle with a bill with an assessment date of October 1, 2013 has until December 31, 2015 to present proof of disposal.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT VEHICLES WHICH YOU STILL OWN & ARE NO LONGER REGISTERED, ARE TAXABLE AS NON-REGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLES & MUST BE DECLARED AS PERSONAL PROPERTY ANNUALLY.

    The Documents Required to be Entitled to a Pro Rata Credit for a Motor Vehicle

    Per Ordinance 1688:

    A) A Bill of Sale.
    B) A Signed Copy of Title.
    C) Certified Letter of Transfer.
    D) Registration to another State.
    E) Lease Termination Document.
    F) Salvage Certificate.
    G) Plate Return Receipt.
    H) Proof of Date of Repossession. 

    CREDIT TABLE*

    You can use the table below to calculate potential credit.

    Transaction Month

    Credit Factor

    October

    91.7%

    November

    83.3%

    December

    75%

    January

    66.7%

    February

    58.3%

    March

    50%

    April

    41.7%

    May

    33.3%

    June

    25%

    July

    16.7%

    August

    8.3%

    *Only applicable to Regular Motor Vehicle Grand List.


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