TAX RELIEF PROGRAM DUE TO COVID-19
Governor Lamont has issued an Executive Order providing property tax relief for taxpayers and businesses affected by the COVID19 pandemic. Our Board of Selectmen has voted to participate in the tax deferment program with application. The tax deferment program delays the last day to pay real estate, personal property and motor vehicle taxes for eligible taxpayers. If you are eligible, taxes that are due on January 1, 2021 with a last day to pay of February 1, 2021 will be deferred to a last day to pay of April 1, 2021.
To be eligible for tax deferment, you must attest to a 20% reduction in household income resulting from being furloughed without pay, a significant reduction in hours or loss of employment since April 1, 2020. Businesses and Non-Profits must attest to 30% reduction in income.
Landlords have special eligibility requirements:
For landlords to be eligible for the Deferral Program, a landlord must provide documentation that the property will suffer a significant income decline or that commensurate forbearance was offered to the tenants or lessees.
Things to be aware of:
- Application must be received by the Tax Collector no later than January 26, 2021. Applications will not be accepted after this date per the Governor’s Executive Order. There are no exceptions to this.
- This is only an extension of the grace period. If payment is not received on, or before, April 1, 2021 the taxes will be considered delinquent on April 2, 2021 and the interest will revert back to the original due and payable date of January 1, 2021 (6%). Interest and any fees due will apply.
- This deferral is only for the January 1, 2021 installment only. It does not extend to the July 1, 2021 installment. It does not apply to already delinquent taxes.
- All real estate, personal property and motor vehicles must be listed in order to receive the deferral. Do not assume the deferral will automatically apply to all of your real estate, personal property or motor vehicles. Items not listed will not be eligible for deferral.
- Taxes paid through escrow cannot receive deferral per the executive order.
- The application can be requested and viewed by others under the Freedom of Information Act.
- The application is a legal affidavit that you are signing. You are attesting that you have had a 20% reduction in income (30% for business/non-profit) because of the COVID19 pandemic, and that you understand all that is listed above.
This application must be completely filled out with signature. It will not be approved otherwise. Please make sure to list all real estate, motor vehicle and personal property. If something is not listed it will not be eligible for deferral. When complete; scan and email, or mail, with a copy of your driver’s license and any supporting documents to:
Sherman Tax Collector
Attn: COVID9 Tax Deferral
PO Box 39
Sherman, CT 06784
Completed applications with proof of residency must be RECEIVED no later than January 26, 2021. Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted. There are no exceptions to this.