FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How often do
I receive my tax bills?
The Town of
Chester has a quarterly billing system for the Town real estate and personal property taxes. The first bill is mailed out
June 30 with a due date of August 1. The second bill is mailed out September 30 with a due date of November 1. The third bill
is mailed December 30 with a due of February 1. The fourth bill is mailed March 30 with a due date of May 1.
What if I did
not receive a tax bill?
Failure to receive your tax bill does not excuse you from
payment of taxes, or from the interest and fees that accrue on the outstanding balance. A tax bill is generated and mailed
for every parcel in the Town of Chester. It is the responsibility of the property owner to pay taxes regardless of receipt
of a bill. The bill is mailed to owner as of January 1 of the previous year. New property owners will have their named added
to the bill (indicated as a c/o) if the Assessors receive the new deed from the registry of deeds in a timely fashion.
Can I make partial
payments on my tax bills?
Partial payments are accepted on Town Real Estate and Personal
Property tax. Motor Vehicle tax must be paid in full.
Can I pay on
Yes, if you are paying your real estate, personal property
and excise taxes all at the same time, you may add them together into one check. Please enclose your bills and please make
sure you sign your check. Post dated checks will not be accepted unless a note explaining the reason is attached.
Do you accept
postmarks for the date the payment is received?
Bills are considered paid “when received” and
not when mailed. Postmark dates on envelopes are not accepted as the date of payment. All payments are to be received by the
collector by the due date. Payments received after that date will incur interest at the rate of 14% per annum.
What if my vehicle
is sold or traded?
your vehicle is sold or traded, you will need a bill of sale or trade in document and a plate return receipt from the RMV.
You will need a new registration if the plate has been transferred to another vehicle. Bring this information to the Assessor’s
office to file for abatement.
What if my vehicle is stolen or declared a total loss?
your vehicle is stolen or declared a total loss the Assessors require a copy of the police report or insurance settlement
letter and a plate return receipt or an affidavit of lost or stolen plate.