Real Estate Tax Information
Hampton’s tax year runs from April 1st to March 31st. Taxes are due semi-annually in July and December (normally due July 1st and December 1st). The first half bill is mailed at the end of May, or early June, and covers April 1st to September 30th. This bill is an estimate based on the prior year’s tax rate. The second half bill is mailed after the tax rate is set and covers October 1st to March 31st (but is the actual bill for the entire year). This bill is calculated using the new tax rate set by the Department of Revenue Administration each fall and is figured by multiplying the new rate by your property’s assessed value then subtracting any payments made.
Interest is charged the day after the tax bills are due at a rate of 8% per annum, pro-rated on a daily basis, in accordance with New Hampshire law (NH RSA 76:13). (This is a new interest rate starting April 1, 2019. Any overdue taxes prior to April 1, 2019 is charged interest at 12%). If your taxes have not been paid by the due date please contact the tax office at 603-926-6769 for a payoff figure.
Bill Mailing Procedures
It is the property owner’s responsibility to know when the taxes are due. All bills are mailed at the same time, on the same day, from our printer in Concord. They are mailed to the last known owner at the last known address, by State law, and are due 30 days after the bill is mailed (the bill date).
It is your responsibility, as the property owner, to make sure the Assessor’s office has the correct mailing address. If this is a newly purchased property, please check that the Assessor’s office has the updated mailing address as they take the mailing address from the deed, even though this may be your former address.
Trouble Receiving Bills
If you have not received a bill you should contact the tax office at 603-926-6769. If your mailing address has changed please notify the tax assessor’s office at 603-929-5837 to change the address on the bill. Unfortunately, there may be instances where you don’t receive a bill. Property owners are liable for taxes due, even if a bill is not received. We encourage owners to check online to see what is due, or you can call us, or email the Tax Collector Department and we can email you a PDF copy of your bill.
Please call to confirm that we have received your tax payment, whether you mailed it yourself, have it escrowed, or if you use any type of online payment service through your bank. If you have set up an online payment service through your own bank, please allow extra days for the payment to reach us. These payments are sent as a paper check from your bank, or another party, and arrive in the mail.
Bill pay payments are not credited to your account until the check arrives in the office and must arrive on, or before, the due date to avoid an interest charge. (Also, do not assume that because the amount has been debited from your bank account that the payment has arrived in the office. In some cases, the amounts are debited from the account and sent to a third party service. They then mail us a check. If that check does not arrive, your taxes are not paid.) You may call the office to check that your payment has arrived, or check online.
It is also the homeowner’s responsibility to forward the tax bill to your mortgage company if you escrow for taxes.