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Town of Canton COVID-19 Property Tax Deferral Program
On December 16, 2020, Governor Lamont issued
Executive Order 9R, which allows towns to adopt the same tax deferral program
for taxes due January 1, 2021 that was offered for taxes due July 1, 2020.
Tax Deferment Program
This program allows Canton
taxpayers to delay payment of taxes on real property, personal property, motor
vehicle supplemental bills and C-PACE bills due January 1, 2021 for ninety (90)
days from the date that they become due and payable, without interest or
The effect of this program
is the equivalent of an extended grace period. The last day to pay the January 1, 2021 tax installment without
interest is extended from February 1, 2021 to April 1, 2021. Please
do not confuse April 1, 2021 to be the new DUE DATE and assume that you have 30
days from April 1st to pay your bill. That is
order to ensure sufficient tax revenues to pay expenses in the third quarter of
the fiscal year, the Town encourages all
who have the ability to pay within the normal 30 day grace period to do so.
Landlord Eligibility Under
the Deferment Program:
Pursuant to Executive Order 9R,
in order for a landlord, or any taxpayer that rents or leases to any
commercial, residential, or institutional tenant or lessee, to be eligible for
the Deferment Program, the landlord must provide documentation to the Tax
Collector (a) that the property has or will suffer a significant revenue
decline related to the COVID-19 emergency or (b) that commensurate forbearance
was offered to their tenants or lessees.
Commensurate forbearance means either (1) a deferral of 25% of rent for
the ninety (90) days from the due date; (2) a deferral of one month’s rent to
be paid over the ninety (90) day period; or (3) forbearance substantially
similar to (1) or (2) as determined by the Tax Collector. The landlord must
provide documentation evidencing proof that tenants have received forbearance
or that the landlord has actively offered forbearance to the tenants or
lessees. The Tax Deferment Program
application will be sent by mail to all qualifying landlords and is also available HERE. The application will
also be available at the Canton Tax Collector’s Office during the hours we are
open to the public. The application and sufficient
supporting documentation must be
received no later than January 22, 2021 either (1) via email to the Tax
Collector at email@example.com or (2) via USPS and postmarked by January 22, 2021 or
(3) in person by January 22, 2021 at the Canton Tax Collector’s Office, Town
Hall, 4 Market Street, Canton.
Tax Escrow Payments:
The Governor’s Executive Order
9R does not affect those tax payments that are paid from escrowed funds by
banks on behalf of the Town of Canton’s taxpayers. The financial institutions and
mortgage servicers holding property tax payments in escrow shall continue to
remit property taxes to the municipality, so long as the borrower remains
current on their mortgage or is in a forbearance or deferment program,
irrespective of the borrower’s eligibility for or participation in the
*** Due to the pandemic, town hall offices are open limited hours to the public. These hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-12pm and Wednesdays 3pm-6:45pm. To encourage social distancing, we STRONGLY suggest that tax payments be made one of the following ways: (1) dropped off in the drop box at the Main Street entrance to Town Hall or (2) placed in the absentee ballot box near the town hall parking lot or (3) mailed to PO Box 168, Collinsville, CT 06022-0168 or (4) made online at www.townofcantonct.org (fees apply).
General Billing Information
Tax bills are mailed at the end of June each year.
- The first installment of real estate and business/personal property taxes is due July 1st and is payable no later than the first business day of August. Motor vehicle taxes are due July 1st and are payable IN FULL no later than the first business day in August. Sewer usage charges are due October 1st and are payable IN FULL no later than the first business day in November.
- The second installment of real estate and business/personal property taxes is due January 1st and is payable no later than the first business day of February. We DO NOT send a bill for the second installment but you can sign up for an email reminder. Motor vehicle supplemental taxes are due January 1st and are payable IN FULL no later than the first business day of February.
INCOME TAX INFORMATION can now be accessed online by clicking on the button below. In the box under Enter the search criteria below, type the last name, then a space, and the first letter of the first name and click Search. Click on the fourth icon under OPTIONS to view your tax payment history. To view sewer usage payments, click on SEWER/WATER on the blue bar so it highlights in yellow. You will need your bill number or Unique ID, which is found on your bill, to access this information. For detailed instructions, CLICK HERE.
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