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When the Town places a lien on a property the interest rate charged will be changed from the delinquent interest rate to the lien interest rate. Once the lien is placed, it is recorded with the Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds. The property may not be sold or transferred until the lien is paid in full and the lien is discharged. When a lien is placed on a property, it may make it difficult to obtain future loans or mortgages. The Town must notify all lien holders recorded at the Registry when it places a lien on a property. If the lien remains in place on the property for two additional years beyond the first lien year, the property could be taken by the town via the tax deeding process.
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Property owners are responsible for knowing taxes are due and payable semi-annually.
Goffstown's property taxes are due semi-annually each July 1st and December 1st.
(Per NH RSA 76:15-a, interest shall not be charged until 30 days after the last bill is mailed. Therefore, if the bills are not mailed out in time for the July 1st or December 1st due dates, the due dates will be advanced to give taxpayers 30 days to make payment).
Goffstown's property tax bills are mailed out semi-annually to the last known owner and last known mailing address on record with the Town. Property owners are responsible for notifying the Town of any address changes.
Fist installment bills are mailed out by the end of May and typically due by July 1st before interest starts accruing.
Second installment property tax bills are mailed out after the Department of Revenue sets the tax rate, which is typically at the end of October, and due by December 1st.
Tax bills are sent to the last known owner and the last known mailing address on record with the Town.
It is 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, ext. 813. If a property tax bill is not received for each property owned, please contact the Tax Collector's Office
The tax bill covers a period from April 1st through March 31st.
The first installment tax bill is mailed out by the end of May and is typically due by July 1st before interest starts accruing. The first bill is an estimated bill calculated on half of the previous year's tax rate multiplied per $1,000 of the current 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 final bill is calculated using the new tax rate multiplied per $1,000 of your property's current assessed value as of April 1st, less any payments made on the first bill.
(Property Taxes are not prorated at the town level due to inaccuracies but closing agencies typically prorate property taxes as July payment is April 1st through September 30th and December payment is October 1st through March 31st of the following year).
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 am to 4 pm at the Tax Office located at 16 Main Street. In addition, payments made by check on current property tax bills may be mailed and will be considered paid as of the postmarked date or payments can be left in our 24/7 drop box located inside the back entrance of Town Hall. 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. Mailed payments on delinquent taxes once the lien or deed process has begun CANNOT be accepted by postmarked date.
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). When sending in pre-payments or partial payments please be sure to note which property the payment is to be applied to and what type of payment it is, i.e., pre-payment of taxes or partial payment.
Yes, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to forward the tax bill to their mortgage company for payment to be made on time. However, major banks request tax billing information from the Town, which they receive electronically. Therefore, your bank may obtain the necessary tax information without receiving the physical bill. Please confirm with your bank directly on their process.
Past due property taxes start accruing interest per annum on the unpaid balance the day after the due date. Check the picture for Interest Rate Information.
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.
You can make partial payments until your taxes are paid in full. State law requires that the Town calculate and charge interest after the due date of the tax bill. The interest will be added to your outstanding principal balance until the property is placed in the lien.
Interest begins on the unpaid lien balance until the lien is paid in full.
Current Interest Rates
All taxes assessed as of April 1, 2018 and prior.
RSA 76:13 effective until April 1, 2019.
All taxes assessed as of April 1, 2019 and after.
RSA 76:13 effective April 1, 2019.
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. At least 30 days prior to the 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 a property is deeded, the property owner, as well as anyone holding a mortgage, lose all interest in the property. To reclaim that interest the property owner at 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.
If your property is mortgaged, we suggest you talk to your lender. Let your lender know you are having difficulty paying your property taxes. Your lender may be able to make suggestions that will help you avoid a lien on your property.
Verify the information the town has for your property by visiting the Assessors online database. If you determine there are discrepancies please contact the Assessing Office at 603-497-8990, ext. 813.
You can contact the Assessing Office to obtain eligibility criteria and information on Veterans Credits, Elderly Exemptions (beginning at age 65), Blind Exemptions and Elderly/Disabled Deferrals. In addition, you may be eligible for the Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief Program available through the State of New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration. Their application form number is DP-8 and can be found.
For more information on exemptions or credits, contact the Assessing Department at 603-497-8990, ext. 813
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.
The Town of Goffstown generally sends their semi-annual tax bills out in mid-May and mid-October. At the time of billing, if your closing is near one of those processing dates, please be advised that you may not receive your tax bill, as it would go to the owner on record with the Town. The Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds generally takes four to six weeks to record a new deed. The Town's Assessing Department is then notified of a change of ownership once the deed is recorded.
Assessments are not adjusted on a yearly basis as market values change. The NH Department of Revenue Assessment (DRA) determines the town's level of assessment every year, which assists us in determining how the town's assessments relate to actual selling prices.