Welcome to the Southington Tax Office! The collecting of taxes is both historic and statutory and steeped with legal traditions and precedents. While the office operates under the General Statutes of the State of Connecticut in conjunction with the Office of Policy & Management, it also has a very contemporary business dimension with respect to operational policies and procedures, equipment, personnel, forms, collection techniques and public relations.
The 2014 Grand List bills will be mailed by the end of June. These bills are due on July 1, 2015. There is a 30 day grace period, therefore August 3, 2015 is the last day to pay before interest begins to accrue. The Town of Southington does not re-mail bills for the second installments. If you purchased property after October 2014, do not escrow with a bank, and do not have an original real estate bill, please contact our office. Failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax or interest. Interest will begin to accrue if payments are not received by Monday, August 3, 2015.
A payment that is mailed and bears a legible US Postal Service (USPS) postmark of August 3, 2015 will be considered on-time. Metered mail through a service such as Pitney Bowes, Neopost, or Stamps.com will not be considered on-time if the envelope also bears a USPS postmark dated after August 3, 2015.
LATE PAYMENT WARNING when using a Bank Payment Service like "Bill Pay" - You should be aware that bank payments via a paper check electronically drawn from your bank account (e.g. savings, checking) and mailed to the Tax Collector's office must meet the same postmark requirements mentioned above. The date on the paper check is meaningless. Furthermore, you should know that we receive many envelopes from banks with "bill pay" checks without a valid USPS postmark. Any payment received after August 3, 2015 without a postmark will be considered late. Finally, most banks require that you schedule your payment 5 business days before their "deliver by" date. Using August 3rd as the due date, this means a bank expects you to schedule payment on July 27th. Waiting until July 27th to use a "bill pay" service is a dangerous practice and a potentially expensive late payment and interest experience for the taxpayer.
Avoid long lines - pay by mail - send your payment to:
Southington Tax Collector
PO Box 579
Southington, CT 06489
Your canceled check will be your receipt. If a receipt is desired, send the entire bill and a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your payment. We have a drop box located in the hallway, right outside the Tax Office. Please take advantage of that option as the box is checked daily.
If you have an escrow account and the real estate tax bill was sent to you, please forward the bill to your bank. If you own property in town and do not escrow with a bank or mortgage company and did not receive a tax bill, or need any information, please call our office. Failure to have received a bill does not exempt the taxpayer from taxes or interest charges.
For those who need assistance with required payments, we welcome the opportunity to discuss payment arrangements with you. Please come in or call.