Tax Collector

    Tax Bills for the July 1, 2018 installment were mailed between June 14 -June 19, 2018.  

    Our office, and participating Norwalk bank branches, are now accepting payments on these bills.
      These bills were printed with information as of June 4, 2018 only, so any payments, adjustments or changes made after June 4 will not be reflected in the bills taxpayers receive in the mail. 
    You can look up what you owe by clicking the "E-Tax Bill Lookup" on this page under Quick Links (to your right) ,  or also in the blue margin to your left.  
    On May 7, 2018, the Board of Estimate and Taxation set the new mill rates for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018.  Those rates can be seen by clicking the link below.  These rates will generate taxes based  on the Grand List (assessment date) of October 1, 2017.  
    Taxes are due July 1, 2018 and January 1, 2019,  payable without interest by August 1, 2018, and February 1, 2019.  You may pay  now - by mail;  in person at our office,  in person at a participating bank branch;  on line, or over the telephone.   If you would like to pay in person at a bank branch,  we ask you to wait until you receive your new bill, so the bank will be able to give you a receipt.   The easiest way to pay is either by mail or on line with an "E Check" (electronic check / ACH payment).  There is a modest fee of $1.50 for using an E Check. 
              Mill rates: http://norwalkct.org/DocumentCenter/View/13294/FY-2018-19-Approved-Tax-Rates

           2018 -2019  Approved Operating Budget:       
                http://norwalkct.org/DocumentCenter/View/13293/FY-2018-19-Approved-Budget

           For more information on the operating budget,  please go to the Management & Budgets home page.

   Past Due Statements / Demands : 

  Past due tax statements sent in February 2018  showed charges,  including interest, due through March 15, 2018  only.   These mailed statements reflected payments and adjustments made through  February 16, 2018 only (the day they were produced).  T
axpayers making payment now should contact the tax collector’s office, or check the city website, before making their payment, to determine exactly what they owe.    
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    Liens:  Lien continuing certificates ('tax liens') were filed on the Norwalk Land Records on March 16, 2018. 

     Tax Sale:  Notices relative to the July 23, 2018 tax sale were filed in the Norwalk Land Records on May 14, 2018.   Taxpayers calling for payoff on any tax sale property should contact the tax collector's office staff before making payment to obtain up to date information on what is owed.   At this time, payments must be made with certified bank check or trustee check  in order for properties to be removed from the sale.  Personal checks will not be accepted to remove properties from the tax sale.


 
  "Prepayment" of property tax obligations:
 
  As a consequence of recent changes in the way state and local property taxes may be allowable as deductions ("SALT" deductions)  in the federal tax code, many taxpayers had new questions about "prepayment" of tax obligations that come due in 2018.  Taxpayers were welcome to pay their January 1, 2018 installments of their tax obligations in calendar year 2017.   However, the city did not have the authority to collect tax installments that will come due in July 2018 or later.   Many taxpayers chose to pay their January 2018 obligations in  December 2017, even though the last day to pay without penalty was February 1, 2018.  However, we  did not accept payments towards future tax obligations (payments due in July 2018 and beyond), as doing so would  have conflicted with state law.  
 
  Refunds of Excess Payments
:  
    Our office refunds payments made in excess of the amount billed ("overpayments") according to  standard procedures.  There is a written application form that must be completed and signed, and other information must be provided.  If a taxpayer paid in December 2017, and his or her escrow agent subsequently also paid the same bill, the refund was sent to the escrow agent, as that is the payment that 'overpaid' the account.  All property tax refunds in excess of $10,000 require legislative approval per the city charter.   Please contact a staff member for more information.  

       Tax Collector Staff   


 
 

   Holiday Closings:  Our office and City Hall  will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day.   The tax collector's office  will close at 2 pm on Monday, July 23, 2018 in advance of the tax sale.
 
   In case of inclement weather, please check the city website, or call ahead.  If City Hall is open, our office is expected to be open, but in extreme weather, please call ahead to be sure. 
 
   Office Hours : Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  We do not close for lunch. 

   Location: Room 105, on the first floor (ground level) of Norwalk City Hall.   

   Mailing address: Tax Collector, 125 East Avenue  Room 105, Norwalk,  CT  06851

   Tel: (203) 854 - 7731   Facsimile:  (203) 854 - 7770

 Responsibilities: The tax collector's office is responsible for the billing and collection of property taxes and other charges that comprise approximately 90% of the city's operating revenue. The office operates under the authority of the Connecticut General Statutes
 
 Taxes and charges collected include:
  • Real estate taxes
  • Motor vehicle taxes
  • Business personal property taxes
  • Sewer use fees
  • Sewer assessment fees, IPP fees, and other city charges 
Tax Collector's Office Staff:

Lisa Biagiarelli, Tax Collector
Al C. Palumbo, Jr., Assistant Tax Collector
Cynthia D. Haith, Delinquent Tax Collector
Cindy Mazzone, Senior Cashier
     Transmittals, deposits, lien releases, on line & ACH payment posting, wage garnishments
Jeanette Lopez, Supervisor of Data Records *
     Escrow account maintenance; adjusted bills / certificates of correction; refunds
Levetta Brantley, Tax Administrative Aide
     Cashiering, DMV issues, collection agency inquiries, customer service issues
Liliana Haas, Tax Administrative Aide *
     Accounts receivable; refunds; bank branch collection processing & reconciliations
Cathy Petrini, Cashier
     Cashiering, DMV issues, collection agency inquiries, customer service issues

  * Jeanette y Liliana se hablan espanol

Click for  2018 Tax Sale List 

tax sale board 
 

The 2018 tax sale will be Monday, July 23, 2018.  Check back here for information when it becomes available. 

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