Property taxes in Vermont are generally assessed at the municipal level, but when property is transferred a tax is due to the state. That tax can be submitted electronically, and information about it is under the Real Estate Transaction Taxes page . The property taxes that are due at the municipal level also include a statewide education property tax. Each December, the Commissioner of Taxes is required to forecast the yields and rate for the upcoming fiscal year, in a letter submitted to the legislature. The legislature then sets the yields and rates that will be the foundation of education tax bills during the legislative session.
Homestead declarations are filed annually with the state but affect the taxes charged by the state at the municipal level. Homesteads have a different education property tax rate than non-residential property. Additionally, property owners with certain income levels who have declared their property as a homestead may be eligible for a property tax adjustment.
Vermont also has a program called Current Use, which preserves the working landscape by providing significant property tax relief to parcels that are involved in agriculture or logging.
This section has all the forms and background information you need to help you understand and engage with Vermont’s property tax programs.