Tax Collector

    Office Hours:   Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  We do not close for lunch.  In case of inclement weather, please call ahead.  We are expected to be open when City Hall is open.  Location:  Room 105, on the first floor (ground level) of Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk,  CT   06851.   
     Please Note: City Hall will be closed Monday, October 8  for Columbus Day.
    Main telephone number: (203) 854-7731            Facsimile:  (203) 854-7770

    Tax bills for the July 1, 2018 installment were mailed in mid June 2018,  and
    August 1 was the last day on which to pay without interest.    Interest for the rest of the month of September is 4.5% on the first installment amount.    Interest is charged on late payments at the rate of 1.5% per month (July - September is three months)  from the due date (July 1, 2018).  A portion of a month is considered a whole month; interest is not per diem.

    Tax bills for the second installment (payable by February 1, 2019)  will be sent in mid December 2018.  However, payment may be made at any time.  Taxpayers do not need to wait to receive a bill in the mail to pay their second installment. 
    You can look up what you owe by clicking the "E-Tax Bill Lookup" on this page under Quick Links (to your right) ,  or also in the blue margin to your left.  
    On May 7, 2018, the Board of Estimate and Taxation set the new mill rates for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018.  Those rates can be seen by clicking the link below.  These rates will generate taxes based  on the Grand List (assessment date) of October 1, 2017.  
    Taxes are due July 1, 2018 and January 1, 2019,  payable without interest by August 1, 2018, and February 1, 2019.  You may pay  by mail;  in person at our office,  in person at a participating bank branch;  on line, or over the telephone.   
    During the collection period only, if you would like to pay in person at a bank branch,  you may bring your most recent bill, and the bank will give you a receipt.  Banks will not be accepting payments on our behalf until mid December 2018, when second installment bills are issued.   
     The easiest way to pay is either by mail,  or on line with an "E Check" (electronic check / ACH payment).  There is a modest fee of $1.50 for using an E Check. 
              Mill rates: http://norwalkct.org/DocumentCenter/View/13294/FY-2018-19-Approved-Tax-Rates

           2018 -2019  Approved Operating Budget:       
                http://norwalkct.org/DocumentCenter/View/13293/FY-2018-19-Approved-Budget

           For more information on the operating budget,  please go to the Management & Budgets home page.

   Past Due Statements / Demands : 

  Past due tax statements will be sent in September 2018 with interest shown through October 31, 2018.   

     Liens:  Lien continuing certificates ('tax liens') were filed on the Norwalk Land Records on March 16, 2018. 

     Tax Sale:  The tax sale was held July 23, 2018.  The six month redemption period runs until January 23, 2019.  Deeds will be recorded on January 24, 2019.   Taxpayers whose properties were in the sale who want to redeem their properties should contact our office for payment  information when they are ready to redeem.   Redemption payments must be made with certified bank check or cash,  and will be payable to the successful bidder, not to the City.  Personal checks will not be accepted to redeem tax sale properties.


 
  "Prepayment" of property tax obligations:
 
  As a consequence of recent changes in the way state and local property taxes may be allowable as deductions ("SALT" deductions)  in the federal tax code, many taxpayers had new questions about "prepayment" of tax obligations that come due in 2018.  Taxpayers were welcome to pay their January 1, 2018 installments of their tax obligations in calendar year 2017.   However, the city did not have the authority to collect tax installments that will come due in July 2018 or later.   Many taxpayers chose to pay their January 2018 obligations in  December 2017, even though the last day to pay without penalty was February 1, 2018.  However, we  did not accept payments towards future tax obligations (payments due in July 2018 and beyond), as doing so would  have conflicted with state law.  
 
  Refunds of Excess Payments
:  
    Our office refunds payments made in excess of the amount billed ("overpayments") according to  standard procedures.  There is a written application form that must be completed and signed, and other information must be provided.  If a taxpayer paid in December 2017, and his or her escrow agent subsequently also paid the same bill, the refund was sent to the escrow agent, as that is the payment that 'overpaid' the account.  All property tax refunds in excess of $10,000 require legislative approval per the city charter.   Please contact a staff member for more information.  

       Tax Collector Staff   


 
 

   In case of inclement weather, please check the city website, or call ahead.  If City Hall is open, our office is expected to be open, but in extreme weather, please call ahead to be sure. 
 
   Office Hours : Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  We do not close for lunch. 

   Location: Room 105, on the first floor (ground level) of Norwalk City Hall.   

   Mailing address: Tax Collector, 125 East Avenue  Room 105, Norwalk,  CT  06851

   Tel: (203) 854 - 7731   Facsimile:  (203) 854 - 7770

 Responsibilities: The tax collector's office is responsible for the billing and collection of property taxes and other charges that comprise approximately 90% of the city's operating revenue. The office operates under the authority of the Connecticut General Statutes
 
 Taxes and charges collected include:
  • Real estate taxes
  • Motor vehicle taxes
  • Business personal property taxes
  • Sewer use fees
  • Sewer assessment fees, IPP fees, and other city charges 
Tax Collector's Office Staff:

Lisa Biagiarelli, Tax Collector
Al C. Palumbo, Jr., Assistant Tax Collector
Cynthia D. Haith, Delinquent Tax Collector
Cindy Mazzone, Senior Cashier
     Transmittals, deposits, lien releases, on line & ACH payment posting, wage garnishments
Jeanette Lopez, Supervisor of Data Records *
     Escrow account maintenance; adjusted bills / certificates of correction; refunds
Levetta Brantley, Tax Administrative Aide
     Cashiering; DMV issues, collection agency inquiries, customer service issues
Cathy Petrini, Tax Administrative Aide
     Accounts receivable; refunds; bank branch collection processing & reconciliations
 
  * Jeanette habla espanol

Click for  2018 Tax Sale List 

​                                          Tax Sale Boards May 2018
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​                                   Tax Sale Boards July 20,  2018
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     The tax sale was held July 23, 2018.  More information will be posted below as it becomes available.  We expect to collect in excess of $5 million through the 2018 tax sale.


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