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 ...
Governor Lamont recently issued Executive Order No. 9R which involves the “Suspension and Modification of Tax Deadline and Collection Efforts for Tax Bills that become due and payable on January 1, 2021”.
Once again, the Town of Preston will be offering the Deferment Program. There will be no interest charged on Taxes that are paid on or before April 1, 2021. This is for the second installment of property taxes and motor vehicle supplemental bills which will become due and payable on January 1, 2021. Payments received after April 1, 2021 will be charged interest (1.5%/month) from January 1, 2021. Please disregard the February 2, 2021 delinquent date originally printed on the “Payment B” portion of your bill. New bills will not be mailed.
Payments can be made the following ways:
- Mailed to: 389 Route 2, Preston, CT 06365 Attn: Tax Collector.
- Paid by electronic check (.95) or credit card (2.95%) through our online payment portal on the town’s website.
- Placed in the blue drop box that has been installed outside of the front door at the Town Hall.
- We are also offering curbside service. You can call from your car or ring the doorbell and we will come out to meet you.
If you have any questions in regard to this program please contact the Tax Collector’s office at 860-887-5581 Ext. 2
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 26.9 mills or $26.9 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 Office 860-887-5581, ext. 2.
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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the grace period has been extended to October 1. Payments received on or after October 2nd 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 90 day grace period. Any payments received after October 1 will include 4.5% interest. Interest is calculated at 1.5%/month (18%/ year), Connecticut State Statue Sec. 12-146.
This extended grace period is for the first installment due July 1. There is no extended grace period for the second installment due January 1.
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.