Duties & Responsibilities
The Tax Collector’s office is responsible for the billing and collection of all Real Estate, Personal Property, Motor Vehicle Taxes and related penalty charges.
The Tax Collector’s goal is to assist in maintaining the fiscal stability of the Town of Preston by ensuring the timely collection and recording of all revenues through the diligent application of Connecticut State Statutes, regulations and other enforcement aids, while assisting the public in understanding the taxation process and procedures and maintaining an effective and cordial relationship with the general public. The Town of Preston cannot override or make any decisions contrary to the Connecticut State Statutes.
TOWN OF PRESTON TAX COLLECTORS NOTICE ...
The following taxes become due on August 1, 2022:
All Motor Vehicle taxes are due in full;
Real Estate and Personal Property taxes under $100 are due in full;
The first installment of Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes over $100
TAXES ARE PAYABLE FROM AUGUST 1, 2022 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2022 WITHOUT INTEREST.
Delinquent taxes (unpaid after September 1) accrue interest at 1.5% interest per month from August 1, 2022.
The mill rate is 27.88 on the dollar on the October 1, 2021 grand list.
Failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax.
Payments may be made in any of the following ways:
By Mail: Checks should be made payable to the Preston Tax Collector and mailed to:
Preston Tax Collector
389 Route 2
Preston, CT 06365
Drop Box: Payments may be placed in the blue drop box located to the right of the Town Hall front door. Payments received after 4:30 p.m. on September 1, 2022 will be processed the next business day and will be considered a late payment. NO CASH PAYMENTS IN THE DROP BOX.
In-Person: Payments may be brought to the Tax Collector’s office at Town Hall.
On-Line: Payments by credit card and electronic check may be made at the Town of Preston website, www.preston-ct.org, click on the “online payments” button on the home page. *There are fees associated with electronic payments (credit card & EFT).
Office hours: Mondays: CLOSED Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like to receive a receipt. Payments can also be viewed online 48 hours after we have received payment.
The current mill rate is 27.88 mills or $27.88 per $1000 of assessed valuation as set by the Board of Finance.
Motor Vehicle Taxes
Supplemental motor vehicle taxes are due January 1st. Please make checks payable to the "Preston Tax Collector.”
Motor Vehicle tax bills are for vehicles owned on October 1, (on any given tax year). Vehicles are tracked by the plates. If you return plates, be sure to get a receipt to the Tax Assessor. All address changes are through the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you question your tax bills, please call the Tax Assessor's Office 860-887-5581, Ext. 107.
Delinquent Motor Vehicle Taxes
All delinquent motor vehicle taxes are reported to the State of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. This will prevent you from renewing your registration. Anyone needing a motor vehicle clearance must pay their tax bill in cash or certified funds. All taxes on all motor vehicles under your name must be paid in full. The Tax Collector may also require a forthcoming bill to be paid in full.
According to State Statute Section 12-169, when the final day for payment falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal Holiday, payment may be made without interest or penalty on the next business day. You may pay in person or by mail.
Past Due Taxes
Interest will be charged on all payments received or postmarked after the 30 day grace period. Any payments received after September 1 will include 3% interest. Interest is calculated at 1.5%/month (18%/ year), Connecticut State Statue Sec. 12-146.
Online Payment Fees Utilizing Invoice Cloud
- 2.95% for credit card payments
- $0.95 for electronic check payments
- Paying by check or debit card- clearance on motor vehicles take 5-7 days.