Cities and Towns are continuing to work hard on collecting delinquent real estate and personal property taxes.
Connecticut General Statutes Section 12-141 provides in part
“Except as otherwise indicated in the context, “tax”, wherever used in said sections, includes each property tax and each installment and part thereof due to a municipality, including any interest, penalties, fees and charges, including collection fees of a collection agency, attorney’s fees and those fees and charges set forth in § 12-140. “
This statute specifically permits collection fees of a collection agency, to be included as part of a tax bill. However, the statute does not specify the “amount” or percentage” of the fee which is allowed.
I have seen collection agencies add a “15% fee” to a tax bill, as part of the collection fee. This is similar to the amount due to a State Marshall seeking to collect on an outstanding tax bill.
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