Greenwich tax collector warns: Deadline nears for payments
GREENWICH — Greenwich residents who owe money on a tax bill that is due next week should take extra steps to make sure their payments are marked as on time, the tax collector warns.
For residents who pay tax bills in two installments, time is running out before the Feb. 1 deadline. Those who are late will be on the hook for interest payments.
Residents who are mailing their payment should drop it off in time to be postmarked before the deadline, Tax Collector Howard Richman said. Even better, go to the post office in person and get the envelope hand-stamped, he said.
“We’ve had instances in the past where people mailed their payments on the last day or second to last day and the post office didn’t stamp them in the appropriate time period,” Richman said. “They may have sat around in the post office for two or three days. ... So if someone mailed their check last July 31 or Aug. 1, it sat around until Aug. 2 or 3.”
The Tax Collector’s department determines whether a mailed payment is on time by the postmark. A payment dropped off at the post office on Feb. 1 that doesn’t get postmarked until Feb. 2 would be considered late. The taxpayer would then have to pay 1.5 percent in interest for both January and February on the existing balance.
“People should go into the post office, go up to the window and ask the postal worker to hand cancel it in front of them,” Richman said. “That way you will know it was postmarked in time. ... If we get it, say, Feb. 15 and it’s postmarked on or before Feb. 1, it’s on time.”
Payments can also be made in person. Town Hall is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payments can also be made electronically, either by electric fund transfer or by credit card, by visiting https://www.greenwichct.gov/313/Tax-Collector.
Residents will also find other tax information there, including frequently asked questions.