Frequently Asked Questions

When are property taxes due in Goffstown?

Goffstown's property tax bills are sent out semi-annually and typically due July 1st and December 1st. Property owners are accountable for knowing when taxes are due.

When are property tax bills typically mailed out?

Goffstown's property tax bills are sent out semi-annually. The first installment bill is typically sent out by the end of May and due July 1st. The second installment bill is typically sent out by the end of October, after the Department of Revenue sets the tax rate for the town, and is due December 1st.

How do I change my address for my tax bill?

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 x813. If a property tax bill is not received for each property owned, please contact the Tax Collector's Office.

What period does the tax bill cover?

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 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. 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.

What types of payment does the Town of Goffstown accept?

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 on current property tax bills 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. Mailed payments on delinquent taxes once the lien process has begun cannot be accepted by postmarked date.

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). 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.

My taxes are paid through an escrow account, do I have to forward my tax bill to them?

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.

When does my account start to accrue interest?

Past due property taxes start accruing interest per annum on the unpaid balance the day after the due date. See Interest Rate Information HERE

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.

What will happen if I cannot pay my property taxes in full?

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.

What is the interest rate if a lien is put on my property?

Interest begins on the unpaid lien balance until the lien is paid in full.

Current Interest Rates 

INTEREST RATE INFORMATION

All taxes assessed as of April 1, 2018 and prior.

RSA 76:13 effective until April 1, 2019.

Delinquent Bills

12%

 

 

Liened Bills

18%

 

 

 

 

 

 

All taxes assessed as of April 1, 2019 and after.

RSA 76:13 effective April 1, 2019.

Delinquent Bills

8%

 

 

Liened Bills

14%

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there is a lien placed on my property, how long before further action is taken by the Town?

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.

What effect will a lien have on my property?

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.

How can I get help paying my property taxes and avoid having a lien placed on my 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.

What process can I follow to determine whether or not my taxes may be reduced or deferred?

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 x813.

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 at https://www.revenue.nh.gov/assistance/low-moderate.htm

What kind of tax exemptions/credits does the Town of Goffstown offer?

For more information on exemptions or credits, contact the Assessing Department at 603-497-8990 x114

How soon after I pay off a lien will the redemption be recorded with the Registry?

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.

I recently purchased my property in Goffstown. How long before future tax bills are sent in my name?

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.

Why would my property assessment be higher than the current market value of my property?

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.