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 payments on Water, Sewer, or Real Estate taxes you may contact the Collections Department.

If you have questions on the Homestead Declaration or Property Tax Adjustment Claim, scroll down on this page.

Annual tax sale notices – Properties that will be offered for tax sale will be listed here when known, usually by the beginning of October of a given year. Listed properties are typically sold at public auction at the Offices of the Town of Bennington, on the 31st day of October to discharge such taxes and fees, with costs, unless previously paid.

If you have any questions regarding turning your water service off/on, water meters or water usage, please contact Linda Bermudez in the Water Department.
Email: lbermudez@benningtonvt.org or Phone :802-447-9719


Property Tax Information

TAX BILL
Town of Bennington property tax bills are sent out late August each year. This is the only tax bill that property owners will receive. If the property is sold, the tax bill should be given or forwarded to the new owner at the time of the closing.

Tax bills are due annually on November 10th.

Tax payments must be received at the Town Offices Collections department or in the secure payment drop box, located by the front door of the Town Offices by 4:30PM by the due date.

For a detailed explanation of your tax bill, please CLICK HERE.

Penalty and interest are charged as indicated on your tax bill and is assessed the next day after the due date. Interest is posted on the first of each month thereafter.


Pay By Credit Card

Online payments for Water & Sewer bills is a service provided by ACI Payments for a convenience fee of $5.45.

  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 2.92%.

  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?

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HOMESTEAD DECLARATION (Form HS-122)
Every property in Vermont is subject to education property taxes to pay for the state’s schools. For this purpose, property is categorized as either nonresidential or homestead. Homeowners can file a HOMESTEAD DECLARATION which will reduce the tax on their homestead and the parcel of land surrounding the dwelling, that is owned and occupied by the resident as the persons domicile. THIS MUST BE FILED EVERY YEAR in order to be eligible. The deadline for filing this without a penalty is in April. The penalty for late filing is 3%. YOU MUST file by October 17, 2022, in order to be eligible.

 

PROPERTY TAX ADJUSTMENT CLAIM (Form HI-144)
If you have a Homestead Declaration and you lived there for the entire year, have a household income of $136,900 or less, and were not claimed as a dependent by someone else then you are eligible for an adjustment to the amount of taxes you pay. This also has a deadline of April, but can be filed as late as October 17, 2022 with a penalty.

For more information and to download the forms mentioned above, please visit the State of Vermont Tax Department website:
https://tax.vermont.gov/property/forms

Questions regarding State Payments or Homestead Declaration should be directed to the State of Vermont. Property Tax Assistance – (Education Payment, Rebate, Homestead Declaration) Tel: 1-866-828-2865 (toll free in VT) or 802-828-2865 (local & out-of-state) Fax: 802-828-2720. The State Web site is http://tax.vermont.gov/

 

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


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