Connecticut (CT) Property Taxes
Editor’s Note: For purposes of this editorial post, we will discuss taxes on real property in Connecticut (CT).
While federal tax rates are the same across the board, state real property taxes are another story. In addition to income state taxes, any individual who owns real property is subject to taxation.
Property tax is a type of taxation that requires owners of land, buildings, and other improvements to the land to pay an amount of money based on the value of their land and buildings. In Connecticut, it is the cities and towns that administer the real property taxes based on Connecticut state law.
Who Owes CT Property Tax?
If you own property in Connecticut, you will be required to pay CT property tax. Even if the property was inherited through an estate or you own a rental property, you still will owe real property taxes.
There is no minimum or maximum amount to pay on your property in Connecticut to pay property taxes. Whether you have a $70,000 or $7,000,000 house, you will owe property taxes in Connecticut.
If your property was purchased in the middle of the real property tax year, there is a chance your realtor will work it out that you and the seller split the cost of property taxes. (Taxes are assessed in October and bills go out in June.) Your closing paperwork provides documentation if this is the case or not.
What is the CT Property Tax Rate?
The CT property tax rates vary from municipality to municipality. Local governments within the state use various methods to calculate your real property tax base.
You can look up the city or town you reside in to determine your real property tax rate on the Connecticut state government website.
What Are Connecticut Property Taxes Used For?
The money collected from Connecticut property tax is used for multiple public services throughout the state including, but not limited to:
- Public schools
- Police and fire departments
- Public road maintenance
(View more information on how CT property taxes are used.)
How Do You Pay Your CT Property Tax?
After you purchase a property, you can set up your real property taxes to be paid in escrow.
If you need assistance or have questions, you should visit your city or town’s website or contact your county government for more information.
When Do You Have to Pay CT Property Taxes?
Consult your county government to determine your CT property tax deadline.
What Can You Deduct?
The experts at H&R Block can look at your personal situation and help you decide if you’re eligible to deduct real property taxes on your federal return. And if you’d rather file your taxes yourself, know you are still backed by our 100% accuracy and maximum refund guarantees. In an office or online, don’t just get your taxes done.
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