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 ...
TOWN OF PRESTON TAX COLLECTOR’S NOTICE All persons liable to pay taxes to the Town of Preston are hereby notified that I have a warrant to levy and collect taxes on the October 1, 2020 Grand List. Real Estate and Personal Property Tax of $100.00 or less is due and payable in full on July 1, 2021. If the tax is more than $100.00, it may be paid in two installments. The first installment is due and payable July 1, 2021 and the second installment is due and payable on January 1, 2022. All Motor Vehicle Taxes are due and payable in full on July 1, 2021. If payment is not made on or before August 3, 2021, the amount due will become delinquent and subject to interest at the rate of 1.5% per month from July 1, 2021. The minimum interest is $2.00. Failure to receive a tax bill does not invalidate the taxes or the interest that accrues. There is only one mailing of tax bills. You may sign up on the town website for an email remainder to pay your second installment. Payments may be made at or mailed to the Tax Collector’s Office, 389 Route 2, Preston, CT 06365. Payments can also be made online at www.preston-ct.org Office hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Jill Keith Tax Collector
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 26.94 mills or $26.94 per $1000 of assessed valuation as set by the Board of Finance.
Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes are due July 1 and January 1. Bills under $100 are due in full on July 1.
Section B on your bill is for the January 1 installment. A duplicate copy of the January bill will not be mailed.
Motor Vehicle Taxes
Motor Vehicle Taxes are due July 1. 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.
Property Taxes are due July 1 and January 1. The last day to pay is August 3, 2021. Payments received on or after August 3rd will be charged interest from July 1.
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 August 3rd 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.