7:30 – 6:00 Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
7:30 – 6:30 Thursday
Notice - Tax Collector, City of Danbury
The first installment of Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes, along with the Motor Vehicle Taxes due on the Grand List of October 1, 2016 are due and payable July 1, 2017. If not paid by August 1, 2017, interest will be charged at a rate of 1-1/2% per month from the due date (July 1, 2017) or a minimum charge of $2.00.
Payments will be accepted at the Office of the Tax Collector, City Hall, Danbury, CT, from 7:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Monday through Wednesday, and from 7:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. on Thursdays, (office is closed on Fridays), or by mail addressed to: Tax Collector, PO Box 237, Danbury, CT 06813. If you pay by mail and need a receipt, send the appropriate stub with your check and a self-addressed stamped envelope. You may also use the drop box located to the right of the main entrance of the building for payments before/after regular business hours. In addition, you may make payments at the Danbury branches of the Savings Bank of Danbury and Union Savings Bank.
PLEASE NOTE: FAILURE TO RECEIVE A TAX BILL DOES NOT RELIEVE A TAXPAYER OF THE OBLIGATION TO PAY TAXES OR DELINQUENT CHARGES. THERE IS A $25.00 SERVICE CHARGE FOR ALL RETURNED CHECKS. YOU CAN MAKE YOUR PAYMENT ELECTRONICALLY BY FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS ON YOUR BILL. IF YOU NEED A BILL, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE AT 203-797-4541.
Scott M. Ferguson, CCMC
Tax Collector, City of Danbury
What are your hours?
7:30 – 6:00 Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
How are my tax bills assessed?
Although the Tax Collector’s Office collects the taxes, the amount due is based on the assessment of the property. If you feel that your assessment is incorrect you will need to contact the Tax Assessor's Office.
I have changed my address at the Post Office, why is my bill being sent to the old address?
Real Estate and Personal Property (Businesses) addresses must be changed in writing and directed to the Tax Assessor’s Office. Motor Vehicle addresses are taken from the actual Department of Motor Vehicle registration, if you have not changed the address on the registration it will not be corrected until this is done.
Why didn’t I receive a receipt for my last payment?
Receipts are sent only if you include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
How much interest will be charged if I am late paying my tax bill or water and sewer bill?
By state law, once a bill is considered delinquent, the rate of interest charged is 18% per year (or 1.5% per month) from the time the bill becomes due and payable (the date of the bill). Interest accrues on the first day of each month with the minimum interest charge being $2.00.
Can I pay my taxes online?
Yes, the City of Danbury enables residents to pay taxes online. Here is how
I am a military veteran; am I eligible for any tax breaks on my City Property Tax?
There are 2 programs for Veterans - both are based on income limits - 1. Additional Veterans program - the income limits are $33,500 for a single person and $40,900 for a married couple - The benefit is between 2,000 -6,000 off the assessment of their house or vehicle.- (the amount depends on their veteran status). The 2nd program is a local program- the income limits are $58,000 for a single person and $65,900 for a married couple. This benefit is 10% off the assessment of your house or vehicle. Applications are from February 1 through October 1 each year. For this year, taxpayers need to bring in a copy of their 2012 income tax return and a copy of their 1099 from Social Security (if applicable). The veteran should have their DD-214 honorable discharge filed in the Town Clerk's Office and they had to of served during war time.
When are tax bills for motor vehicles due?
Motor vehicle taxes are collected in July and January and are due in one installment.
Why do you not take checks for motor vehicle taxes that are late?
According to city ordinances, we are not allowed to accept personal or business checks for late motor vehicle taxes. We can accept payment in cash, money order, or certified bank check.
How come I’ve gotten a bill on a car I already sold?
If you have disposed of a vehicle prior to the end of the assessment period and not transferred license plates to another vehicle, you will need to provide proof of this to the Tax Assessor for a possible proration of this bill.
I have moved out of Danbury, but I am still living in Connecticut, why is Danbury sending me a Motor Vehicle tax bill?
Taxes are assessed on October 1st, if your vehicle was still in Danbury at that time you will get a bill from Danbury and you will not get one from the town where you currently live until the following year.
I have moved out of Connecticut, why is Danbury sending me a Motor Vehicle tax bill?
If you vehicle was still registered in Connecticut on October 1st and you have since reregistered in another state you will need to provide information to the Tax Assessor’s Office to have the bill prorated for the time that you were in Connecticut.
I have closed my business in January 2017, why did I receive a Personal Property tax bill for the Grand List of 2016?
Taxes are assessed on October 1st, if you were doing business as of that date the taxes are due in full for that year.
When do real estate taxes come due?
Real estate taxes come due in July of each year. In Danbury, the real estate taxes, if they are above $100 may be paid in 4 installments (July, October, January and April). Taxes are based on an assessment done on October 1 of the prior year.
I am selling my House, how do I change the name on my water/sewer bill?
When the deed is filed at the Town Clerk’s office, the information will be recorded and the Assessor will change the name and address on the piece of property.
My real estate tax bill says Grand List of 15; I didn’t buy my house until January of 2016, do I owe these taxes?
Yes you are responsible for these taxes. While the assessment on the property was done on October 1 2015, the taxes become due in payable in July of 2016. Taxes are assessed in arrears, but paid current (when you pay the July installment you are paying for July, August & September.
What is the current mill rate?
Our current mill rate is 28.95.
The Tax Collector’s Office is a division within the City’s Department of Finance and its primary responsibilities are governed by the State of Connecticut General Statutes and the City of Danbury Ordinances. Under these statutes and ordinances, the Tax Collector mails approximately 200,000 tax and utility bills and notices annually.
Our new Invoice Cloud online payment system has realized a 75% increase in usage, allowing taxpayers to pay at their convenience. This system allows for both credit card and e-check payments which may be used for both property tax and utility payments. Property taxes are linked to our QDS tax software and payments can be made through a shopping cart set up. Accounts are updated each night during the week so taxpayers can get real-time information to pay their bills. In addition, the City coordinated a payment center solution available 6 days per week with the Savings Bank of Danbury and Union Savings Bank, allowing taxpayers to pay their current property tax bills at a local branch. Additionally, the Tax Collector’s Office continues to utilize a ‘meet and greet’ approach for taxpayers. Each day, taxpayers come to our office to pay bills or resolve questions related to their accounts. Our cashiers greet taxpayers and serve them by processing payments and helping with general questions. As a result of these changes, lines and wait times at City Hall have been reduced and taxpayer issues have been resolved promptly, so they may make payments during our busy seasons.
The City is utilizing a “club billing” method to send one bill per taxpayer that lists all motor vehicles included in the bill amount. By using this method, we have become more cost-effective by reducing bill production and mailing costs.
Taxpayers requiring research or other information are directed into our office where a Tax Clerk will have the taxpayer sit with them to review their needs. Our Office takes pride in making these interactions as efficient, educational and customer-friendly as possible. Professional courtesy and fair business practices are commonplace and customer satisfaction are the primary goals.