Pay by Mail
When paying your tax bills by mail, please:
- Write your list number(s) on the back of your check or money order
- Make the check or money order payable to "Tax Collector, City of Norwalk"
- Mail your payment to: Tax Collector, City of Norwalk 125 East Avenue Norwalk CT 06851
Second installment payments needed to be legibly postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on or before Thursday, April 1, 2021 to be timely. Second installment payments not eligible for the extended grace period needed to be legibly postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on or before Monday, February 1, 2021.
If you are paying a second installment payment during the month of May 2021, you will owe 7.5% interest, as it reverts back to the January 1, 2021 due date. During May 2021, you will owe 1.5% per month for five months: January through May, inclusive. A portion of a month is considered the equivalent of a month. 1.5% x 5 months = 7.5%. Interest is not charged per diem (by day). There also may be other collection fees involved. Additional motor vehicle collection fees, and lien fees on real estate accounts, were added during April. Please call ahead or check online to see what you owe.
First installment payments being made during the month of May 2021 incur 16.5% interest, as interest reverts back to the July 1, 2020 due date. Thus, during May 2021, taxpayers owe interest for 11 months: July 2020 through May 2021, inclusive. A portion of a month is considered the equivalent of a month. 1.5% x 11 months = 16.5%. This rate is valid through May 30, 2021. Interest is not charged per diem (by day). There also may be other collection fees involved. Additional motor vehicle collection fees, and lien fees on real estate accounts, were added during April. Please call ahead or check online to see what you owe.
First installment payments postmarked on or before October 1, 2020, and second installment payments postmarked on or before April 1, 2021, were on time, regardless of when received by the tax collector's office. This is per state law. Please read warning below about electronic bill pay / pay by phone services.
Warning about electronic bill payment / telephone bill pay services: These services may not mail your payment when you expect them to! You assume the risk of your payment arriving late if you choose to use these services. These payments come to us without a postmark, and because of this, they must be RECEIVED BY US before the last day to pay (on or before April 1) in order to be considered timely. Normally, the postmark controls, but if there is no postmark, timeliness depends solely upon our receipt of the payment.
Please read the instructions and warnings provided by your own bank before using any 'pay by phone' or electronic bill payment service. Many service providers specifically advise NOT to use the service for tax payments for the reasons given. If you chose to use one of these services for the second installment payment, we suggested your transaction be processed before March 17, 2021, to attempt to ensure your payment reaches us by the April 1, 2021 deadline.
Receipts & Important Dates
For return of receipts, enclose the entire lower portion of your bill (both coupons) and a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your tax payment.
Tax rates for taxes due in July 2020 were finalized on June 1, 2020 based on information presented at a meeting held on May 4, 2020. The assessment date (grand list) for these taxes was October 1, 2019. The taxes were due on July 1, 2020 (first installment), and January 1, 2021 (second installment).
Bills for the first installment were mailed on June 18, 2020, and bills for the second installment were mailed in mid December 2020. At the time we printed the second installment bills in December 2020, we were not yet aware that the state would allow us to once again extend the grace period. Bills were printed with a February 1, 2021 pay-by date. That was later extended to April 1, 2021 for MOST Norwalk taxpayers.
Tax rates for the upcoming year's grand list of October 1, 2020 were set on May 3, 2021. Those taxes will come due on July 1, 2021, and on January 1, 2022.
Please continue to check this website for updates relative to any possible NEW COVID 19 related extensions / grace periods for July 2021 and beyond. As soon as we have information from the state, we will share it here. We do NOT expect any extensions at this time and anticipate the last day to pay the July 1, 2021 installment will be Monday, August 2, 2021.
For More Information
If you are unsure as to the amount you currently owe, please use our e-tax bill look-up or contact the Tax Collector's Office at:
Ph: (203) 854-7731
Fax: (203) 854-7770