Tax Administration

Tax Rates for Fiscal Year 2017
Town:     $0.3724
​School:   $1.5385
Total:  Town & School
​  Homestead:        $1.9116
​  Non-Residential  $1.9702

Taxes are levied on real estate property as it exists in the name of the owner of record on April 1st prior to the fiscal year start date in July.

Checks Returned for “Insufficient Funds”
All checks returned by the bank for any reason will cause the tax payment to be canceled. Any receipt issued for that tax payment will become void and delinquent charges will be added where applicable. An additional charge of $20.00 may be levied by the town.

Delinquent Taxes
Per Town Charter, late property tax installment payments are charged a 5% penalty.  Interest of 1.5% per month (or any portion thereof) is charged against all delinquent accounts. The Town Manager serves as the Tax Collector and Collector of Delinquent Taxes. Delinquent taxes are billed monthly, and every effort is made to accommodate people who try to satisfy their obligation. Accounts in arrears may be sent to the Town Attorney for tax sale. Although this may seem harsh to some, experience has shown that those few accounts that remain delinquent after one year will be paid only if the Town follows this process. The collection of delinquent taxes has a direct bearing on the Town's financial condition. In almost all tax sale cases, full payment is made before the tax sale actually becomes final.

Method of Payment
Checks should be made payable to the Town of Shelburne. They may be mailed to the Tax Collector, P.O. Box 88, 5420 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, VT 05482. We have an option available to pay taxes automatically by electronic funds transfer. 

Tax Auto Pay Option
Print our AutoPay form, mail or drop it off at our offices and we will process the tax payment automatically from your bank account on each due date.
Colleen Haag 
Ph: 802-985-5116 
Peter Frankenburg 
Ph: 802-985-5110 for more information.  
Payment Due Date
Taxes are due August 15th, November 15th, and March 15th, unless these dates fall on a weekend or holiday and then they will be due the next business day. Postmarks of the due date will be accepted. However, a US Post Office postmark must be clearly shown. 

Property Owner’s Responsibility
By law, only one tax bill is mailed out each year, in mid July, to the owner and address of record, in the assessor's office as of April 1st.  If you purchased property in Shelburne after April 1st of any year you will not receive a tax bill in your name until after the following year. Failure to receive a bill does not relieve the property owner of responsibility for paying the taxes when they become due and payable, nor does it relieve the addition of penalties and interest as required by law. The assessor's office must be notified in writing of any address changes. If you did not receive a copy of the tax bill at the time of the property closing, please stop by the tax collector’s office, and a copy will be made for you.

Tax Year & Installments
The property tax bill includes taxes for the fiscal year July 1 through June 30. Taxes are payable in three equal installments. The first installment covers the period from July 1st to October 31st. The second installment payment covers the period from November 1st to February 28th (or 29th). The third installment payment covers the period from March 1st to June 30th.

Transfer of Property
If a property is sold, it is the seller's responsibility to forward the bill to the new owner, and it is the new owner's responsibility to take note as to when the tax installments are due and payable.

Where to Make Payments
Tax payments may be made at the Tax Department during regular office hours or may be left in the payment box in the police department 24 hours a day. The police dispatch office will time and date stamp payments upon request, but they cannot provide receipts or answer questions about the tax account.