The Town of Westport is authorized to provide a tax deferment program to Westport taxpayers under Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7S issued on April 1, 2020, and approved by the Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) on April 22, 2020.
The tax deferment program is essentially an extended grace period on tax payments to assist Westport taxpayers suffering financial hardship due to COVID-19. Eligible taxpayers can utilize the tax deferment program for the April, 2020 and July, 2020 tax bills on real estate, personal property, motor vehicles and sewer assessments so that payments made anytime within three months from each bill’s due date will not incur interest charges or penalties.
- Household has suffered a reduction in income of at least 20 percent due to COVID-19.
- Business or Nonprofit revenue from March, 2020 to June, 2020 is expected to be reduced by at least 30 percent compared to the same time last year.
- For Landlords: Income is significantly reduced.
a. Income is significantly reduced.
b. Landlords can also provide proof of commensurate forbearance programs offered to their own tenants to be eligible. For example:
i. Deferment of 25 percent of rent for three months to tenants;
ii. A deferment of rent to be paid over three months; or
iii. Other similar forbearance as determined by the Tax Collector.
Applicants must submit documentation. Landlords need to substantiate the fiscal impact with the above-mentioned supporting documentation.
For Residents, the following documents will suffice as proof of residency:
- Driver’s license
- Utility bill
- Tax bill
For Businesses, the following documents will suffice as proof of business ownership:
- Business license
- Utility bill
- Secretary of State listing
- Tax bill
Upon completion and submission of a signed application with the proper box checked and requisite documentation attached, the applicant should anticipate an approval of the deferment request. The Town may ask for additional verification if necessary.
Click here to download the application form. Applicants must attest under penalty of perjury that the statements in the checked boxes are true.
Residents, Businesses and Landlords can file electronically or via paper. Click here to learn how to sign an electronic PDF form.
Those Residents, Businesses and Landlords wishing to apply electronically may fill out the online fillable PDF form, sign and submit it electronically to the Town of Westport via the Westport website. Supporting documentation may be emailed to TaxRelief@WestportCT.Gov. Please expect an email from the Westport Tax Collector’s Office acknowledging your application acceptance and a separate email confirming your enrollment or denial into the program.
Landlords submitting applications or documents that contain financial information are instructed to use the following statement in the subject line of their email submission to TaxRelief@WestportCT.Gov:
THIS EMAIL CONTAINS CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION THAT IS EXEMPT FROM FREEDOM OF INFORMATION INQUIRY
Those Residents and Businesses wishing to apply via mail may print and fill out the online form, sign it, include copies of supporting documentation and mail the application to:
Tax Collector- Town Hall
110 Myrtle Ave, Room 109
Westport, CT 06880
Those Landlords wishing to apply via mail may print and fill out the online form, sign it, include copies of additional documentation and mail the application to:
Assessor’s Office - Town Hall
110 Myrtle Ave, Room 104
Westport, CT 06880
Paper application applications and documentation may be placed in the black drop box at the rear of Town Hall.
Please note that all paper applications will be held by the Town of Westport for 36 hours before distribution to staff. Please expect delays with email confirmation of your application.
April, 2020 Installment Deadline
Applicants will have until May 22, 2020 to submit their requests without incurring a penalty on their unpaid April 1, 2020 taxes.
Applicants may choose to apply for both the April, 2020 and July, 2020 installment(s) by checking the respective boxes on the online form. Please be aware that enrolling in both programs does not allow one to defer both installment payments concurrently. The April, 2020 payment must be received by July 1, 2020 to avoid retroactive interest penalties. The July, 2020 payment must be received by October 1, 2020 to avoid retroactive interest penalties.
July, 2020 Installment Deadline
Applicants will have until July 1, 2020 to submit their requests without incurring a penalty on their unpaid July 1, 2020 taxes.
Applicants may choose to apply for both the April, 2020 and July, 2020 installment(s) by checking the respective boxes on the online form. Please be aware that enrolling in both programs does not allow one to defer both installment payments concurrently. The April payment must be made by July 1, 2020 to avoid retroactive interest penalties. The July payment must be received by October 1, 2020 to avoid retroactive interest penalties.
When will my taxes be due if I enroll in the program?
The proposed deferment program extends the normal grace period for tax payments from one month to three months. Under the deferment program, taxpayers have until July 1, 2020 to make their April, 2020 installment payment. If payment is not received by July 2, 2020 interest will accrue retroactively starting July 2, 2020 to include April 1, 2020 taxes.
Taxpayers have until October 1, 2020 to make their July, 2020 installment payment. If payment is not received by October 2, 2020, interest will accrue retroactively starting October 2, 2020.
Can I enroll if my bank pays my taxes with escrow?Under the Governor’s executive orders, banks and mortgage services that hold tax payments in escrow must continue to pay the Town when the taxes are due, even if the homeowner is participating in a moratorium on mortgage payments. Irrespective of whether a homeowner meets the hardship requirements, banks and servicers would still be obligated to pay the taxes.
I am already delinquent on my taxes. Can I apply to this program?Delinquent taxpayers can apply to this program and if authorized, will be given three months of deferment on the April, 2020 and July, 2020 installment payments. Interest will continue to accrue as normal for all prior owed installment payments. Please see the disclaimer.
Will Westport extend this program?Westport is authorized by the State of Connecticut to offer this three-month deferment program for the April, 2020 and July, 2020 installment payments only. The municipality does not have the authority to grant additional waivers on interest and penalties beyond what the State has authorized. If further program information or opportunities are presented by the State, Westport will update this webpage.
Who should I contact with questions?The Tax Deferment Program will be a collaborative effort carried out by the Offices of the Tax Assessor and the Tax Collector. It will also include consultation with the Human Services and the Finance Departments. Town Hall offices are closed to the public and operating on essential services only with reduced staffing. A dedicated call line has been set up to answer basic questions. That number is 203-341-1071. Email questions to TaxRelief@WestportCT.Gov.
I already paid my April taxes. Can I enroll?
The State program prohibits the Town of Westport from issuing refunds for this deferment program. You may apply to defer your July, 2020 installment payment.
How can I opt out of the program?
If you want to opt out, just pay your tax bill. Your account will be notated as current.
I’m enrolled in the Senior Tax Relief Program. Does this program impact me?
This program will not affect any senior tax relief benefits you currently receive. You can apply to this program and, if authorized, will be given three months of deferment on the April, 2020 and July, 2020 installment payments.
I am a client of the Department of Human Services. Can they assist?
Yes, Human Services is one of the Town departments that will be working with the Tax Collectors Office to ensure the neediest taxpayers get some relief. The Tax Collector may ask for a signed release from the applicant to work with Human Services on an application or to obtain comparison documentation from Human Services. The Department of Human Services can be reached at 203-341-1050
Commercial property Income and Expense Report
This report will not be affected by the deferment program. Income and Expense Letters have been sent to businesses. Property owners should fill out the report as they have in the past. The Assessor’s Office will be asking for additional data to be used for the property revaluation this year. If you have any questions, please call the Assessor’s Office at 203-341-1070.
I am a landlord and I have concerns with my eligibility. With whom can I discuss?
The Assessor’s Office is prepared to talk with Landlords about their eligibility. Please contact the Assessor’s Office at 203-341-1147.