West Hartford: How to Pay the Tax Man (or Woman)

WEST HARTFORD – The first day of summer is one of the most anticipated days of the year and it’s Tuesday, June 21.

The other feature of this day, however, is not so popular at West Hartford, although it is something everyone has to deal with.

City of West Hartford Revenue Collection said real estate, business personal property and motor vehicle tax bills will also be mailed to property owners on Tuesday, June 21.

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For this year, there are a few new wrinkles associated with West Hartford’s taxes.

This year, there are two different rates per thousand:

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• A mileage rate of 32.46 has been set for motor vehicles following a rate cap adopted by the General Assembly in May.

• West Hartford City Council has set the per mile rate at 40.68 for real estate and business personal property.

The board also adopted a two-year phase-in to implement the October 1, 2021 real estate revaluation.

A letter explaining the tax calculation method will accompany the real estate invoices.

The transition is for properties that have increased in value.

The first year of the progressive implementation – tax bills of July 1, 2022 and January 1, 2023 – the tax bill is calculated by multiplying the mill rate by only part of the new assessment.

Real estate is billed twice.

The first payment is due on July 1 and covers the period from July 1 to December 31.

The second installment is due on January 1, 2023 and covers the period from January 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023.

Motor vehicle tax invoices relate to vehicles registered on October 1, 2021 and cover the period from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022.

If you escrow your taxes with a mortgage company and want to see your bill, follow these steps:

1. Go to https://www.mytaxbill.org/inet.

2. Search your invoice by name, property location, invoice number or list number.

3. Select one of the following icons: “Information about this account;” “Download PDF;” “Show original tax invoice.”

To avoid a penalty, payment must be postmarked or hand-delivered no later than Monday August 1st.

Payments mailed after August 1st bear interest at a rate of 1.5% per month, calculated until the July 1st due date.

There are four payment options:

1. Pay online. Pay by e-check (90 cent processing fee) or credit card (2.95% processing fee). Go to https://www.westhartfordct.gov… and click on the button: PAY TAXES NOW.

2. Pay by mail. Insert your check and payment stub in the envelope provided. The New Britain address is correct. This is where the city bank processes payments.

3. Pay by secure box. Payments can be placed in the West Hartford Town Hall secure safe deposit box located on the outside wall to the left of the Town Hall entrance. The sign above the box reads “Town Hall Business”.

4. Pay in person. Come to room 109 located next to the hall of the town hall. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You can pay more than one tax bill with one check. Simply include all invoice numbers on the check.

If you want a receipt, you can print a copy of your payment history on line.
Go to https://www.westhartfordct.gov and select “Find my tax information”. Payments are reflected one business day after a payment has been recorded by the tax office.

Tax relief programs are available for veterans and income-eligible residents over age 65. Contact the assessment office for more information.

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