Payment procedures during the pandemic: For safety reasons we are requiring different procedures for check and cash payments:
Check payments – please mail checks to the Town Treasurer or leave in the new secure drop box at the Town Hall. Stamped receipts will be mailed back if requested. In-person check payments are not an option at this time.
Cash payments – Do not leave cash payments in the drop box at the Town Hall; you must call the Town Treasurer 24 hours in advance to set up an appointment for in-person cash payments. If you do not have an appointment, we will not be able to accept your cash payment.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Notice: The first payment of property taxes is due on September 10, 2021. Any taxes not paid after the final due date will be delinquent and subject to an 8% penalty in addition to 1.5% interest each month that they are late, or unpaid. The second payment will be due on February 10, 2022.
Town Treasurer: Julie Mach, 802-325-3309 x 2; firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 AM – 4 PM
Additional days as necessary during tax collection.
The town treasurer’s office is located in the village of Pawlet at 122 School Street in the historic Town Hall. Our office is responsible for maintaining the financial records of the town and the library, as well as collecting taxes and paying orders drawn by the Select Board on town accounts.
Town Treasurer’s Policies: On October 22, 2019, the following policies were adopted by the Treasurer of the Town of Pawlet, with the endorsement of the Pawlet Select Board of the Town of Pawlet:
– Town of Pawlet Cash Receipts, Petty Cash and Returned Check Policy
– Town of Pawlet Tax Collection Policy
– Town of Pawlet Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting Policy
– Town of Pawlet Records Maintenance and Distribution Policy
The complete policies may be viewed here: Treasurer’s Policies October 2019
Town of Pawlet tax collection policies can be found here: Tax collection policies
Tax Bills Confidential: The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that the property tax adjustment information on a tax bill is to be kept confidential and therefore is not a public record. The Town is now unable to give out tax bills containing income-sensitive information to anyone other than the taxpayer, without authorization from the taxpayer. The authorization form is available here: TaxBillAuthorization
When are taxes due?
Tax payments are due in two equal installments. In the current tax year, the payments are due September 10, 2021 and February 10, 2022. Taxpayers only receive one bill for both payments. Payments must be made on or before the due dates to avoid 1.5% monthly interest charges and, in the case of the second installment, an additional 8% penalty. If you are mailing your payment, please allow enough time. Dropping your payment in the outside mailbox at the Pawlet Post Office the day taxes are due no longer means we will get it that day. Postmarks are allowed, but if the taxes are not received within five days of the due date, a late fee will be assessed.
The tax rate set by the Select Board for 2020 were:
Residential – 1.9450
Non-residential – 2.0890
Are postmarks accepted?
Yes, tax payments in envelopes postmarked on or before due date will be considered timely. Note that dropping your payment in the outside mailbox at the post office the day taxes are due no longer means we will get it that day.
What is the rate of interest and how is it assessed?
Interest is charged at the rate of 1.5% per month on all accounts not paid on or before due dates.
When are taxes turned over to the delinquent collector and is there a penalty assessed?
Taxes are turned over to the delinquent collector the day after the final payment is due. An 8% collector’s fee is charged at that time.
Who do I call for delinquent tax information?
Kim Ayers is our delinquent tax collector. She can be reached at 518-321-2654, or you can call our office. The policy for collection of delinquent taxes is available here: Pawlet Policy for Collection of Delinquent Taxes April 2016.
Do you accept credit cards?
No we are not set up to accept credit cards.
Do I need to file my HS 122 (Homestead Declaration) each year?
Yes. Vermont resident homeowners must annually file a Declaration of Homestead on their principal dwelling as of April 1. File online at https://secure.vermont.gov/hd/index.
Do you charge for a copy of my tax bill?
If you come to get a copy yourself, no. We do charge others requesting copies.