GOVERNOR ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDERS FOR MUNICIPAL TAX RELIEF
Due to the financial burden caused by layoffs and job loss resulting from the COVID-19 virus impact on the Connecticut economy, Governor Ned Lamont issued Executive Orders 7S and 7W to assist qualified municipal taxpayers in paying their 2019 grand list Real Estate, Motor Vehicle and Personal Property taxes (bills that will hit mailboxes in late June, which are due 7/1/2020). If you have been laid off, furloughed without pay, had your work schedule significantly reduced without pay, been terminated or have otherwise experienced at least a 20% reduction in your household income, you may qualify for the Deferral Program. This program extends the last day to pay from August 3, 2020 to October 1, 2020. If the taxes are not paid in full by 10/01/2020 any balance due on October 2,2020 will incur 6% interest. That is 1.5% interest (per CGS Statute) from the due date of July 1, 2020.
Real Estate taxes which are paid through your mortgage or escrow account do not quality for this Deferral Program.
Conditions for applying:
Residents: Household has suffered a reduction in income of at least 20% due to COVID-19
- Since April 1st, 2020, you have been furloughed without pay.
- Had your hours significantly reduced without pay.
- Are unemployed resulting in at least 20% reduction in household income.
Business/Non Profit: Your revenue is expected to decrease at least 30% in the April through June 2020 period compared to that of April through June, 2019 at that property.
Landlords: Must apply and attach documentation proving that the property has or will suffer a significant revenue decline, OR documentation proving that commensurate forbearance was offered to the tenants or lessees. “Commensurate forbearance,” for purposes of this program, means either a) a deferral of 25% of rent (approximating the property tax portion of rent) for the three (3) months after its due date; b) a deferral of one month’s rent to be paid over the three (3) month period, or c) forbearance substantially similar to (a) or (b) as determined by the tax collector. Documentation includes, but is not limited to, proof that some tenants or lessees have received forbearance or that the landlord has actively communicated with tenants or lessees to offer forbearance.
All applications must be submitted NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2020 via email to Fran Doba, Tax Collector, faxed to 203-393-0828 or mailed to Bethany Tax Collector, 40 Peck Road, Bethany CT 06524. A valid USPS postmark of July 1, 2020 will be considered on time. Please be advised that a Pitney Bowes or Stamps.com stamp is NOT a postmark.
Fran Doba, CCMC