Wilton Offers COVID-19 Tax Deferral Program

At its final meeting of 2020, Wilton’s Board of Selectmen authorized a 90-day COVID-19 tax deferral program for taxes due on Jan. 1, 2021. The program is for both residential and commercial property taxpayers and will operate similar to the deferral program offered for taxes due last July 1.

The tax deferral program follows an executive order issued by Gov. Ned Lamont requiring that municipalities reinstate the July 2020 tax relief program for the January 2021 installment, to help alleviate financial hardships brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The tax deferment program is open to all qualified residents, non-profit organizations and businesses, including landlords. To qualify, taxpayers must attest that their income has decreased by at least 20% due to COVID-19 and since April they have been furloughed without pay, had hours reduced, or been unemployed.

Business and non-profit taxpayers must have a 30% decrease in expected revenue in the October 2020 to January 2021 period versus the October 2019 to January 2020 period. There are special provisions related to landlords.

Applications, with supporting documentation, must be filed by Jan. 27 for bills
due Feb. 1, 2021. Any bill not paid by 90 days from the due date will be subject to interest of 1.5% per month. The Town of Wilton accepts partial payments on all accounts. Escrowed real estate accounts are not eligible for tax deferral per the Governor’s Executive Order.

Visit the Town of Wilton website to obtain the COVID-19 Tax Deferral application along with specific instructions on how to complete the form. For more information, contact the Wilton Tax Collector’s office via email or by calling 203.563.0125.