Property Taxes

NOTICE TO BARNARD PROPERTY TAXPAYERS

 

INSTALLMENT DATES:

Due dates, deadlines to pay, interest and penalty fees are all voted on at the Annual Town Meeting.  ONE BILL will be sent at least 30 days prior to the first due date.  This is the only bill you will receive.  You will not receive a notice of payment due for the final installment.  This bill includes two installment coupons at the bottom and you may pay the bill in full or in installments as follows:

INSTALLMENTS ARE DUE AND PAYABLE ON OR BEFORE THE DUE DATES.

Any installment not paid on or before the due date will be subject to interest on the unpaid principal at the rate of 1% per month for the first three months and 1.5% thereafter per 32 V.S.A. 4873.  An 8% penalty on the unpaid principal will be charged if payment is not received in full on or before the final installment due date as provide by 32 V.S.A. 1674. Payments will be applied first to any delinquencies and then to current taxes.

PROPERTY OWNER’S RESPONSIBILITIES:

By law, taxes are levied on property as it exists for the owner of record on April 1 prior to the start of the tax year.  Tax bills are mailed to the April 1 owner of record to the address on file with the Assessors’ Office.

If your property is sold after April 1 it is your responsibility to forward the tax bill to the new owner and the new owner’s responsibility to take notice of the due dates.  This office does not know what arrangements have been made regarding who is to pay the taxes at the time of transfer.  Please contact your attorneys.

If your property is subdivided after April 1 your bill contains taxes due on the entire parcel.  It is your responsibility to make sure the entire tax bill is paid in full for the year.  You must contact your attorney for prorated taxes or funds being held in escrow on the sale and division of the property.

If your taxes are held in escrow by a mortgage company you are responsible for providing your escrow company with all the current information included on your property tax bill.  If you receive a revised tax bill for any reason it is also your responsibility to inform your escrow company of changes made to your property tax account.

You must notify the Town of any mailing address changes via the Address Change Form - Click HERE.

FAILURE TO RECEIVE A TAX BILL DOES NOT RELIEVE THE TAXPAYER OF THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PAY THE TAXES WHEN DUE NOR DOES IT RELIEVE THE ADDITION OF PENALTIES AND INTEREST.

Property owners who qualify and have timely filed their annual Homestead Declaration with the Vermont Department of Taxes may see a property tax adjustment in the form of a credit on their tax bill.  The Town is required to apply the credit equally to each installment for the current year and it cannot be used for delinquent taxes.  Any late filings are subject to an 8% penalty.  Please contact the State with any concerns or questions – 866-828-2865 (toll-free in VT) or 802-828-2865 (local or out-od-state).

OVERPAYMENTS:

First installment overpayments of any amount will be applied to the next property tax installment unless a refund is requested in writing by the property owner or the source of the original funds (bank or mortgage company).

Final installment overpayments of less than $10.00 will be credited towards the next installment of the next tax year.  Overpayments over $10.00 will be returned to the property owner upon written request.

WAYS TO PAY

You can pay property taxes more frequently than the two installments.  Our system is capable of receiving tax payments weekly, monthly, quarterly or whatever way accommodates your budget, as long as the taxes are paid in full on or before the due dates.
No post-dated checks will be accepted.  Payments in U.S. funds must be payable and, if mailed, legibly postmarked on or before the due dates.  A $25.00 fee is charged for any payment returned and/or not fully credited by the bank.
Any and all payments not received by due dates will be subject to interest and/or penalty.
IN-PERSON:  Personally pay your property taxes during office hours.  Payments by cash or check or money order – no credit cards.
MAIL:  Mail checks or money orders, made payable to the Town of Barnard, to PO Box 155, Barnard, VT, 05031-0155.   For receipts you must send the installment coupon of the tax bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  Mailed payments must be legibly postmarked on or before the due date to be considered timely.
DIRECT DEBIT: Complete the Direct Debit authorization agreement to have your tax payments automatically debited from your checking or savings account on the due date.  The Treasurer’s office must receive the form no later than 15 days prior to the installment date for your payment to be automatically deducted for your tax payment. For Direct Debit Form click HERE.
CREDIT CARD/DEBIT CARD/ELECTRONIC BANK CHECK: For your convenience you can pay your property tax bill by credit or debit card or by electronic bank check only through the Barnard VT website; however, additional convenience fees will be applied to you by the card company.  The Town of Barnard will not retain any credit card information.   Payments must be paid/processed on or before the due date. To pay your bill online, click HERE.

Any disputes relating to property tax payments will be decided by the Barnard Board of Abatement.  Disputes should be addressed to the Board at PO Box 274, Barnard, VT, 05031-0274.

 

Diane L. Rainey,
Town Clerk & Treasurer

802-234-9211 x1

BarnardTO@gmail.com