Motor Vehicle

Assessment Information

Motor vehicles are assessed at 70% of their average retail value on the October 1 assessment date. Vehicles which have active registrations appear on the October 1, 2016 Grand List and are taxed for the time period from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. These bills are due in July 2017. Vehicles registered after October 1, 2016 but prior to August 1, 2017 appear on the Supplemental Grand List and are taxed from the month they are registered to September 30, 2017. These bills are due in January 2018.

Updating Your Tax Bill

If a vehicle has been disposed of during the described period, an owner may apply for an adjustment to their tax bill. The required documentation must specifically identify the vehicle in question by make, year and identification number and the date of the transaction. 

If the vehicle is replaced by another using the same registration plates, a credit will be applied automatically to your Supplemental Tax bill next January.

Requirements

Please note that a Plate Return Receipt from the CT Dept. of Motor Vehicles alone does not prove disposition of a vehicle. Below is a listing of the acceptable types of proof required in addition to a copy of your plate return receipt.

SOLD, TRADED-IN OR DONATED

1. A copy of the bill of sale with year, make, model, VIN number, and buyer’s information including signatures of both seller and buyer.

2. A copy of the new owner’s registration or title.

3. A copy of your title showing transfer of vehicle.

4. A copy of the dealer’s bill of sale showing trade-in and new plates issued. (See Transfer of Plates below).

5. A letter from your insurance agent/company including date of cancellation, the vehicle information, and the reason for cancellation.

6. A letter from the charitable organization on their letterhead, stating the vehicle information and date of donation.

TOTALED OR JUNKED

1. A letter from your insurance agent/company stating that the vehicle was totaled, the date of the accident, and the vehicle information.

2. Dated receipt from junkyard dealer where vehicle was disposed, including the vehicle information.

STOLEN

A letter from the insurance company stating the vehicle was stolen and not recovered, including date of theft and vehicle information.

REPOSSESSION

1. A letter from the finance company stating the vehicle was taken and not redeemed by you, or

2. A copy of the bill of sale or auction papers that state the date of sale and vehicle information.

REGISTERED OUT OF STATE

A copy of the out of state registration or title showing issue date and vehicle information.

TAXED IN WRONG TOWN

If you lived in a different Connecticut town on October 1, 2016, provide proof of residency, such as the property record card for your home, or lease for rental property. You will also need to correct your address and tax town with the Dept. of Motor Vehicles; forms are available in our office or at www.ct/dmv.

Tax bills are not prorated between towns. For example, if you were in Ellington on October 1, but moved on November 1 to another town, you will still pay taxes to Ellington in July.

TRANSFER OF PLATES TO NEW VEHICLE

If you transferred your plates to a new vehicle, you are not entitled to an adjustment at this time. The adjustment follows the plate, and you will receive the credit towards your new vehicle on the supplemental grand list due in January 2018. It is not required to provide proof of the sale or trade-in of the vehicle; the DMV notifies us of the plate transfer to a different vehicle via a supplemental bill credit. The original bill you receive in July for the old car should be paid in full.

VEHICLES REGISTERED AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2016

A vehicle registered after October 1 will be on the supplemental motor vehicle list. Motor vehicle taxes are prorated according to the month registered through September 2017. Bills are due and payable in January 2018.

UNREGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLES

A vehicle that is no longer registered with the CT Dept. of Motor Vehicles is still considered taxable personal property. Motor vehicle tax in Connecticut is based on ownership, not registration or road use.

You will receive a Personal Property declaration to report your unregistered vehicles in September 2017.

Additional Requirements

All documents must indicate the date of disposition and reference the Vehicle Identification Number.

Providing verification of an earlier date of disposition than the plate receipt will allow adjustment to the earlier date.

Deadlines

Please note: In accordance with Connecticut General Statute, the deadline for filing for property tax credits is as follows: 

October 1, 2014 Grand List: December 31, 2016

October 1, 2015 Grand List: December 31, 2017

October 1, 2016 Grand List: December 31, 2018