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Taxes must be paid on or before the first of the month following the due date of the tax in order to avoid interest. By State law, interest is charged at the rate of 1 ½% per month on all delinquent amounts with a $2 minimum. Payments on delinquent accounts must first be applied to the oldest outstanding bill; all fees and interest must be paid before payments are applied to outstanding taxes.
Real Estate Tax Delinquencies: The tax office mails a "Delinquent Notice" (August and February) as a statement of delinquent taxes after each installment. If there is an unpaid balance on a real estate tax bill after April 30, a lien shall be placed in the land records at a fee of $24. At least 30 days prior to the placement of a lien, a "Notice of Intent To Lien" is sent to each delinquent taxpayer. All interest, fees, and taxes must be paid before a lien can be released.
Motor Vehicle Tax Delinquencies: The tax office mails a Delinquent Statement in August (and February, for Supplemental Tax bills that are due in January.) A "Demand Notice" is then sent (September and March) as a statement of delinquent taxes after each billing statement. Unpaid tax bills after the demand notice is sent may be turned over to a State Marshal or to a collection agency for collection at the taxpayer's expense. The Department of Motor Vehicles will not process registration renewals until all vehicle taxes and fees are paid in full.
Personal Property Tax Delinquencies: Delinquent statements are sent in August. Unpaid personal property tax bills are subject to liens placed with the Connecticut Secretary of the State if not paid by September 30. A "Notice of Intent to Lien" is sent in September.
You may pay your taxes by mail, in person, or online via the Town of Waterford website.
Checks: Should be made payable to the Waterford Tax Collector and mailed (using the blue return envelope) to:
Waterford Tax Collector15 Rope Ferry RoadWaterford, CT 06385
Please include the payment coupon from your statement in order to ensure proper payment to your account and write the "list number" from your bill on your check.
Credit Card and Electronic Check: You may pay your taxes online by using the Instructions For Paying Tax Bills Online page. You can schedule your payments, sign up for paperless billing, and sign up for email and text reminders. There are fees associated with the online payment of your taxes, please refer to the payment page for details.
Real Estate taxes: Tax bills over $100 are due semi-annually on July 1 and January 1.
Motor Vehicle taxes: Tax bills on vehicles registered as of October 1 are due annually on July 1; tax bills for vehicles registered from October 2 through July 31 are due annually on January 1
Personal Property Taxes: Business Personal Property tax bills are due on July 1