COVID-19 Low Interest Rate
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Essex is granting a lower rate of interest on taxes. Interest is normally charged at the rate of 1.5% per month, 18% per year from the due date of the tax, with a portion of a month being considered a full month. However, the Board of Selectmen has voted for a program that will allow for a lower rate of interest: .25% per month, or 3% per year, from the due date of the tax, for a period of up to 90 days only. If paid after 90 days, the interest will revert to the previous rate.
Local tax revenue is primarily derived from real estate, personal property (for businesses), and motor vehicle taxes.
As you can imagine, our office gets very busy at times. We encourage people to send their tax payments by mail rather than waiting in line.
- Remember to save your tax receipts in order to submit them with your income tax returns.
- If you want us to send you a receipt, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your payment.
- You can make multiple payments with one check if you wish.
- If your bill states that there are back taxes, please call our office to find out the additional amount due.
- Outstanding motor vehicle tax bills may now be paid by check or cash since the DMV has converted to an electronic system. We notify them electronically of take offs once daily. They no longer accept a stamped clearance.
- When changing your address with the Department of Motor Vehicles, make sure to change your driver's license and registration as well.
- When making your request for a Motor Vehicle adjustment, please bring 2 forms of verification of the change with you to the Assessor's Office (860-767-4340 ext. 124). Acceptable verifications include:
1) plate receipt with affidavit
2) bill of sale
3) letter from your insurance company showing the date and reason for the change
4) out-of-state registration
- On your vehicle registration, make sure your proper town code is included.
If you have not received your tax bill, make sure to contact us! Failure to receive a tax bill will not protect you from being charged interest on delinquent payments (CT Statute Section 12-130).