TAXES REMAIN DUE FOR THOUSANDS OF CITY RESIDENTS
(1/15/2008) CITY ENCOURAGES PAYMENTS BEFORE DELINQUENCY DATE
NEW HAVEN- Second installment payments for real estate, personal property and special services district taxes as well as total supplemental motor vehicle taxes were due on January 1. However, thousands of City residents have overdue tax bills that will become delinquent as of February 2. In 2007, the Office of the Tax Collector mailed out 26,000 real-estate bills 14,000 Supplemental motor vehicle bills and 4,000 Personal property bills with due dates of January 1 that remain unpaid.
On February 2, all delinquent bills will begin amassing interest charges with an origination date of January 1. Interest is charged at a rate of 18 percent per year in accordance with State provisions. In an effort to increase tax collection and spare residents from having to fall into delinquency, the City is encouraging residents to come in to the Office of the Tax Collector to pay their overdue bills in person between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Residents can also opt to use the City’s online payment system which is the only method for using a credit card as a form of payment as cards are not accepted at the Office. Residents interested in paying online should visit www.officialpayments.com and select Jurisdiction Code 1729. Credit cards are also accepted for payment by phone by calling 1-800-272-9829.
“We’ve worked to make it easy for residents to pay their tax bills on time,” said Tax Collector, C.J. Cuticello. “Residents can pay in person, by phone or on line. They have been given ample notice to meet the due date. The City relies on tax dollars to provide services and meet the needs of residents. Therefore, we ask that residents be responsible and make their payments. If they missed the January first deadline they should make sure to get payments in before February second to avoid penalties and repercussions.”
Any residents who did not receive a bill should beware that failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax and respective penalties should the account become delinquent. Residents who are unsure of any outstanding debt are encouraged to visit the Office if they did not receive a bill to either ensure that no balance is due or to request a duplicate bill.
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