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Towns offer help to homeowners struggling to pay taxes

The coronavirus pandemic has left many homeowners struggling to pay their taxes, but there is help.

News 12 Staff

Jul 2, 2020, 9:04 PM

Updated 1,448 days ago

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The coronavirus pandemic has left many homeowners struggling to pay their taxes, but there is help.
Most towns are offering a three-month grace period, meaning you don't have to pay until Oct 1. But the state deadline to apply was Wednesday, just as bills were arriving in the mail.
Darien's tax collector Kathy Larkins says only 58 people applied.
"There was a press release that (First Selectman) Jayme (Stevenson) issued way back when the RTM voted to adopt this plan. It's been on our website," she says.
Gov. Ned Lamont's office says they might extend the deadline.
Instead of a grace period, other places like Bridgeport are drastically lowering late fees.
"The reason the City Council chose this option is, it was a universal option. It was automatic -- no application and it applied to everybody. And it also applied retroactively," said Bridgeport finance director Kenneth Flatto.
Tax collectors say most people are going ahead and paying now.
In Norwalk, everyone automatically got a three-month extension. Even if you did not apply for it, you can still pay later.
Tax collectors are urging people to pay online or by mail. But if you need to go in person, check your town's rules before you go.


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