Norwalk taxpayers have until Thursday, April 1, to pay their property tax bills for real estate, motor vehicle, and business personal property taxes, and sewer use charges, without interest penalty. These bills were due January 1, 2021, and reflect the second installment of charges due on the Grand List of October 1, 2019.
Bills were mailed to Norwalk taxpayers in December 2020. Under normal circumstances, the last day to pay this installment would have been February 1, 2021. However, Mayor Harry Rilling and the Norwalk Common Council voted to take advantage of an extended grace period allowed by the state due to COVID-19.
Payments received April 2 and later, including payments postmarked April 2 and later, will be considered late, and subject to interest that reverts back to the January 1 due date, or in this case, 6%. Interest is not negotiable, and cannot be waived. It is charged by the month, and a portion of a month is considered the equivalent of a full month. The 6% interest rate will remain in effect through April 30, but tax liens will be filed sometime after April 5. A separate $24 fee to release the lien will be charged if the lien is filed prior to payment being received.
Those who have not yet paid, and who wish to avoid the interest charge, should make their payment by the close of business on April 1. Also, note that City Hall offices are closed Friday, April 2 in observance of Good Friday.
The Tax Collector’s Office on the first floor of City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is needed and the office does not close for lunch.
Taxpayers are encouraged to pay by mail or online. Payments legibly postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on or before April 1 are timely regardless of when they are received by the tax collector’s office. If there is no postmark on the payment, and it is received April 2 and later, it is considered late. Taxpayers may pay online with their credit card by visiting norwalkct.org/taxcollector. They may also call (203) 318-9523, and pay over the telephone using their card. Credit, debit, and ATM cards may also be used to pay in-person at City Hall. ACH payments (‘E Check’) payments may be made online, with an additional charge of $0.95.
Taxpayers who are unsure about what they owe, or who are looking to research what they paid last year for income tax purposes, may look up their tax bill, or access five years of tax payment history through the “E Tax Bill Lookup” at norwalkct.org/taxcollector.