Collections (Taxes)

Collections’ Office
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

Direct Phone Lines
(If no answer, leave message or call Reception at 802-442-1037)

Joyce Silvestro
Email: jsilvestro@benningtonvt.org
Phone: 802-442-1047

Leah Latour
Email: llatour@benningtonvt.org
Phone: 802-442-1046


The Collections Department is located at the Town Offices. This department is responsible for both the collection of Real Estate Taxes, Water Bills, Sewer Bills, and any general service billings known as Accounts Receivables (or A/R Bills).

If you need a copy of a bill, a history of payments or have any questions regarding your Water, Sewer, or Real Estate taxes you may contact the Collections Department.


Pay Taxes Online

Online payments for Water & Sewer bills is a service provided by ACI Payments for a convenience fee of $4.95.

  1. Go to our authorized payment gateway at ACI Payments (www.officialpayments.com)
  2. Click on “State Payments”
  3. Enter Jurisdiction Code: 5507
  4. Click “Make a Payment.” This will reload the same screen, but now with Town of Bennington Information added.
  5. Use Pulldown menu to select “Water and Sewer Bill”
  6. Click “Make a Payment” again.
  7. Enter Payment Amount, choose payment option, and click “Continue.”
  8. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete your transaction.

Online payments for Real Estate taxes is a service provided by ACI Payments for a convenience fee of 2.65%.

  1. Go to our authorized payment gateway at ACI Payments (www.officialpayments.com)
  2. Click on “State Payments”
  3. Enter Jurisdiction Code: 5507
  4. Click “Make a Payment.” This will reload the same screen, but now with Town of Bennington Information added.
  5. Use Pulldown menu to select “Real Estate Tax.”
  6. Click “Make a Payment” again.
  7. Enter Payment Amount, choose payment option, and click “Continue.”
  8. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete your transaction.

Homestead Declaration

By Vermont law, property owners whose homes meet the definition of a Vermont homestead must file a Homestead Declaration annually by the April filing deadline. If eligible, it is important that you file so that you are correctly assessed the homestead tax rate on your property.

What is the Vermont Homestead Declaration?

In Vermont, all property is subject to education property tax to pay for the state’s schools. For this purpose, property is categorized as either nonresidential or homestead. A homestead is the principal dwelling and parcel of land surrounding the dwelling, owned and occupied by the resident as the person’s domicile.

For more information, please visit the State of Vermont Tax Department website:
https://tax.vermont.gov/property-owners/homestead-declaration
https://tax.vermont.gov/sites/tax/files/documents/HS-122-2020.pdf

File your homestead declaration or property tax credit at https://myvtax.vermont.gov/_/

Income Taxes

In an effort to reduce printing costs, the State of Vermont and IRS are encouraging people to file their income taxes electronically and no longer provide booklets and forms to our office. If you need hard copies of forms or booklets please use one of the contact methods below.

Federal Forms:

www.irs.gov

1-800-tax-form

Vermont Forms:

Email: tax.formsrequest@vermont.gov

(802)828-2515 or toll free 1-855-297-5600

Please include name, address, daytime phone and form name or number

 

Please also see our Collections FAQ’s to answer some common questions you may have.


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