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Landlord Application Instructions for Tax Deferment

Filing Deadline -  July 1, 2020

 

Executive Order 7S (Section 6c): Eligibility of Landlords. EO 7S.6c establishes the following eligibility criteria for landlords or taxpayers that rent or lease to commercial, residential, or institutional tenants or lessees (see application) (“Landlord”): 

RESIDENTIAL LANDLORDS

On April 10, 2020, Executive Order 7X required all residential landlords to grant 60-day rent extensions to residential tenants for April (automatically) and May (by request due to loss of income). These landlords can satisfy the commensurate forbearance and income decline requirements for the deferment program under EO 7S for residential properties simply by complying with EO 7X, and confirming they will do so in an e-mail to the taxcollector@watertownct.org by July 1, 2020. Your application will be complete upon receipt of your email; a confirmation email will be sent concerning approval. 


COMMERCIAL LANDLORDS

 The commercial landlord must provide documentation to the municipality that: 

  • the property being taxed has, or will, suffer a significant income or revenue decline, or; 
  • commensurate forbearance was offered to the tenants or lessees. Per OPM Guidance: “Landlords are subject to auditing and may be asked by their municipality to provide their tenants’ names and contact information, or other information identified by the municipality to confirm eligibility.” “Commensurate forbearance” for purposes of the tax deferment means, either:
  • deferral of 25% of rent (approximating the property tax portion of rent) for the ninety (90) days from the due date;
  • deferral of one month’s rent to be paid over the 90-day period; or
  • forbearance substantially similar to (a) or (b) as determined by the tax collector.

Landlords of commercial properties may satisfy these requirements with an application and documentation listed above with required application form provided by OPM.

Click here to complete application.

Upon review of your application the Tax Collector's Office will provide confirmation of your deferment. 

Instructions for submitting application:

Via Email: taxcollector@watertownct.org with accompanying substantiating paperwork with application.

Via Mail:   Completed applications and substantiating paperwork to be submitted to 37 DeForest Street, Watertown CT 06795 or put in the drop box located on the front of the Town Hall until April 30, 2020.  Effective May 4, 2020 applications can be submitted to the new location at  61 Echo Lake Road, Watertown, CT 06795.

Filing deadline is July 1, 2020.

 

 

Any questions, please contact the Tax Collector at 860.945.5232 or email taxcollector@watertownct.org.