Tax Bill Deferment Offered By Town of Griswold and Borough of Jewett City Due to Pandemic

This article was published on: 04/29/20 9:52 PM by Mike Minarsky

The Town of Griswold and Borough of Jewett City have adopted a “Deferment Program by Application” regarding Executive Order 7S, Section 6 and Executive Order 7W, Section1 by order of Governor Lamont for tax bills. The requirements are listed below:

· If you have been economically impacted by COVID-19; i.e., furloughed, laid off, etc. due to the pandemic emergency, you can apply to have a “Deferment (Extended Grace Period)” on the upcoming tax bills becoming due July 1, 2020 by way of application provided by the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (OPM).

· All applications must be completed including signature (printed name on fillable PDF application) with the appropriate reasoning checked off, and returned to the tax collector either by mail to P.O. Box 369, e-mail to taxcollector@griswold-ct.org or in an envelope marked Tax Collector and placed in the drop box on the side of the town hall by July 1, 2020.

· This “Deferment Program” (extended grace period) allows you to have 3 months to pay your upcoming tax bill without penalty rather than the traditional 1 month. This means the last day to pay your tax bill due July 1, 2020 will be October 1, 2020.

· All taxes that remain unpaid on October 2, 2020 are subject to interest at 1.5% per month from the original due date of July 1, 2020. This means all delinquent bills on October 2, 2020 will have an interest rate charge of 6% (4 months X 1.5%).

· Landlords are also eligible for the program and the Executive Order states that in order to be eligible the “landlord,” or any taxpayer that rents or leases to tenants or lessees, must provide “documentation” to the municipality that the property being taxed has, or will, suffer a significant income decline, or that commensurate forbearance was offered to the tenants or lessees.

· On April 10, 2020, Executive Order 7X required all landlords to grant 60-day rent extensions to residential tenants for April (automatically) and May (by request due to loss of income). Landlords can satisfy the commensurate forbearance and income decline requirements for the “Deferment Program” for residential properties simply by complying with EO 7X, and (for the deferment program) confirming they will do so in an e-mail to the tax collector. Landlords of commercial properties may satisfy these requirements with the documentation listed in the application form provided by OPM.

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/OPM/IGPP-Data-Grants-Mgmt/COVID19-IGPP-Documents/Municipal-Tax-Relief-Deferral-Form-M-COVID19-Fillable.pdf?la=en

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