Property Tax Information

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Property Tax Billing

Tax bills are sent to the last known owner and the last known mailing address on record with the Town. Property owners are accountable for knowing taxes are due and payable semi-annually. It is also the property owner’s responsibility to advise the Town of any address changes. If you have a change of address, please contact the Assessing Department at (603) 497-8990 x813. If a property tax bill is not received for each property owned, please contact the Tax Collector's Office. The Tax Collector's office sends out property tax bills semi-annually. The first installment tax bill is mailed out by the end of May and is typically due by July 1st before interest starts accruing. There are some instances when the bills may be mailed out later. The first bill is an estimated bill calculated on half of the previous year's tax rate multiplied by the assessed value of the property. Before the second installment property tax bill is mailed, the Department of Revenue Administration must set the tax rate for the year. This usually takes place at the end of October. The tax bills are then mailed out and are typically due by December 1st before interest starts accruing. If the bills go out later, then the due date will be advanced to give taxpayers 30 days to make payment. 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.

Property Tax Payments

The Town of Goffstown accepts payments in the form of cash, personal check, bank check, or money order. Payments can be made in person, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Tax Office located at 16 Main Street. In addition, payments made by check may be mailed and will be considered paid as of the postmarked date. Please include the bottom coupon and note your account number on your check to ensure proper credit. If you would like a paid receipt, please be sure to include the entire bill along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. In an effort to make payment of taxes more convenient, the Town accepts partial payments and pre-payments. Partial payments accepted will not prevent interest from accruing on remaining delinquent balances and pre-payments may only be made for no more than 2 years in advance of the due date of the taxes (RSA 80:52-a). Payments made past the due date listed on the bill will accrue interest prorated daily, on all outstanding balances. If making a payment after the due date, please contact the Tax Collector's Office to obtain the interest amount owed.

Property Tax Interest & Due Dates        

Past due property taxes start accruing interest per annum, prorated daily, on the unpaid balance the day after the due date. For example, the first installment bill is due by July 1st. If not paid, it will start accruing interest on July 2nd until the day the bill is paid in full. The second installment bill is due on December 1st. If not paid, it will start accruing interest on December 2nd until the day it is paid in full. Within 90 days of the final tax bill due date a Notice of Arrearage will be sent out to all property owners who still have a remaining balance, this notice will include all unpaid taxes and is a courtesy notice prior to the start of the lien process which will incur additional costs. Unpaid taxes that go into lien will earn interest at the lien interest rate.

Property Tax Lien

In order to protect its ability to collect all taxes due, the Town must proceed to perfect a lien on any property if property taxes for the year are not paid in full. Prior to the start of the lien process, the Tax Office will send out within 90 days of the final tax bill due date a Notice of Arrearage stating all past due to taxes with a final payment date before the start of the lien process which will incur additional costs to any parcels with past-due to taxes. After the due date on the Notice of Arrearage, the Tax Collector's Office will begin the lien process. At least 30 days prior to the execution of the lien, a Notice of Impending Lien, (RSA 80:60) is sent to the last known owner of the property via certified mail, return receipt requested. This notice includes principal, interest, and costs up to the date of the lien. At least two weeks prior to the lien execution date the Tax Office requires certified funds, such as bank check, money order or cash for any delinquent tax payments in order to ensure perfection of the lien. If taxes remain unpaid after the date and time given for final payment on the notice a lien will be placed on the property. All principal, interest, and costs are liquidated to a total amount due and recorded with the Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds. Interest begins at the lien interest rate, per NH RSA 76:13, on the unpaid lien balance until the lien is paid in full. Finally, a title search is done and certified notices are sent to each lienholder notifying them of the lien placed on the property. Any additional expenses incurred as the result of the title search are added to the balance due. Once full payment of the lien is made, a release of lien will be sent, within 30 days, to the Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds. If taxes remain unpaid two years after the execution of a tax lien, the Tax Collector shall deed the property to the Town of Goffstown.

Tax Deeds

Properties become in jeopardy of being tax deeded to the Town of Goffstown if tax liens remain unredeemed longer than two years after the execution of a lien. At least 30 days prior to deeding, a title search is completed and a Notice of Impending Deed is sent to the current owner and all mortgagees recorded at the Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds. Once the property is deeded, you, as well as anyone holding a mortgage, lose all interest in the property. To reclaim that interest the property owner at the time of deeding or any mortgagee must notify the Town of Goffstown within 3 years after the deeding. In addition, the property owner must pay all back taxes (including all those which would have accrued had the property owner continued to own the property), all costs assumed by the Town and a repurchase penalty of 15% of the equalized assessed value within 15 days of the notice of intent to repurchase. Should the Town decide to sell the property within 3 years after the deeding the Town must notify the last known owner via certified mail and allow 30 days for a decision to be made on whether or not to repurchase the property.