The Tax Collector's mission is to collect as much tax revenue as possible to help the Town meet its financial obligations each year. The office of the Tax Collector is responsible for collecting revenue for property taxes, water/sewer bills and all permits and fees issued by other Town departments. Other major departmental responsibilities include responding to inquiries from banks, mortgage companies, attorney's offices and the general public.
The Tax Collector is also responsible for the preparation and mailing of the tax bills based on information contained on the current tax roll certified by the Assessing Department. This tax roll is comprised of the assessed values, exemptions, owner's name and address, address changes and the legal description of the property.
The property owner is accountable for knowing that taxes are due and payable twice a year. If a bill is not received for each property owned, please contact the Tax Collector's office. If you have a mortgage company that pays your taxes, the bill should be forwarded to them.
Throughout the State of New Hampshire, the tax year runs from April 1st through the following March 31st. Assessments of your property are computed as of the value on April 1st of each tax year which appear on your property tax bill.
There are two bills issued per year; the first bill is an estimate based on one half of the previous years' tax. This bill is mailed out near the end of May and is usually due July 1st every year. The State of New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration sets the tax rate for the year in the fall. The final bill is calculated using the new tax rate multiplied by your property's assessed value as of April 1st, less any payments made on the first bill. The second bill is mailed by the end of October and is usually due December 1st each year.
The collections clerks work under the supervision and direction of both the Tax Collector and Town Clerk. They register motor vehicles, issue dog licenses and accept the following payments: property taxes, water/sewer bills, recreation fees, building permits and other miscellaneous payments.
For online payments visit our Online Payment Portal; you will be directed to our 3rd party bill pay service, Invoice Cloud. Payment forms accepted include: MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express and electronic check.
- Can I drop off my property tax payment at the Town Hall?
Yes, there is a drop box located on the front stairs of the Town Hall and on the side of the building. Put your check in a sealed envelope along with a copy of the bill that is being paid. Cash is not an acceptable form of payment using this method.
- How will I know how much I owe on my account?
The online system will reflect the balance of the outstanding invoice(s) with interest and fees calculated as of that date. Call 603-890-2109 and we can verbally calculate the interest through the date of payment and/or send a printed statement via first class mail, email, or fax.
- How do I pay my property tax bill online?
Access our Invoice Cloud Online Payment Portal and follow the instructions accordingly. There is no fee for an e-check, but you will be charged a fee of 2.95% of the total payment by the credit/debit card companies.
- How do I obtain the dollar amount or a statement showing what I paid for taxes last year?
Call 603-890-2109 for verbal information; statements can be sent via first class mail, email, or fax.
- What if I did not receive a tax bill?
Bills are sent to the address of the last known owner by state law. The Assessor's Office updates its records according to transfers received from the Rockingham County Registry of Deeds after they have been recorded. Your attorney or title company who handled the closing should have checked the status of taxes due. However, it is your responsibility as the new owner to make sure taxes are paid and to advise the assessing department of your mailing address in writing. If you have any questions concerning this, refer to your closing statement or call us at 603-890-2109.
Any tax bill not paid by the due date is considered delinquent. Interest is calculated at the designated annual percentage rate (APR) on any delinquent bill.
- What is the tax year?
Throughout the State of New Hampshire, the tax year runs from April 1 through the following March. Assessments of your property are made as of its value on April 1st of each tax year and will appear on your property tax bill.
- How often and when will I be billed?
There are two bills issued per year; the first bill is an estimate based on one half of the previous year's tax. This bill is mailed out near the end of May and is usually due July 1st every year. The State of New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration sets the tax rate for the year in the fall. The final bill is calculated using the new tax rate multiplied by your property's assessed value as of April 1st, less any payments made on the first bill. The second bill is mailed by the end of October and is usually due December 1st each year. Partial payments on property tax accounts are always accepted.
It is the property owner's responsibility to forward the tax bill to their bank or mortgage company for payment if their taxes are held in escrow.