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12/21/2017 - Federal Tax Changes Are Coming Next Year

Tax Collector David Kluczwski is informing residents of Fairfield of potential tax changes at the federal level.   Although the proposed changes are not clear-cut yet, Fairfield’s Tax Collector David Kluczwski feels it is important that the residents of Fairfield are aware and able to prepare and plan accordingly.

Both the House and Senate passed federal tax plans that impact deductions on property taxes that all Fairfield residents need to take into consideration. The House and Senate Republicans have met in conference and struck a tentative deal on a tax bill that melds together the House and Senate bills. The bill seems to allow individuals to choose how to use their state and local property and income tax deductions. It appears the joint conference bill maintains the $10,000 cap, but changes it to a combined write off of state and local property taxes or of income and sales tax.

For your information the following taxes listed below are due in the year 2018 but can be paid in advance (before January 1, 2018) so they can be deducted under current IRS rules:

  • 2016 Grand List 3rd installment Real Estate taxes Due 1/1/2018
  • 2016 Grand List 4th installment Real Estate taxes Due 4/1/2018
  • 2016 Grand List 2nd installment Personal Property taxes Due 1/1/2018
  • 2016 Grand List 2nd installment Motor Vehicle taxes Due 1/1/2018
  • 2016 Grand List Supplemental Motor Vehicle Taxes Due 1/1/2018

Please note: According to 12-135 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Tax Collector does not have the authority to collect 2017 Grand List property taxes (payments due 7/1/2018 and 10/1/2018) until after the mill rate is set in May 2018 and a tax warrant has been issued.

Payments in person at the Tax Collector’s office can be made up until Friday December 29th by 4:30 pm. Payments by mail must be postmarked by December 31st and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if a receipt is desired. To view and pay your bills online visit   If your real estate taxes are escrowed (paid by your bank), you must contact them to discuss payment scheduling. Payments are not accepted at Peoples United Bank branches during the month of December.

Robert Mayer, CFO, further noted that taxpayers should not do anything without consulting with their personal tax advisor and that the final terms of the Federal tax legislation may be different than that passed by the Senate and House conference committee.