Frequently asked questions from County of Merrimack

What happens if I can’t pay my bill in full?

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It has been our experience that most property owners believe we only accept payment in full. This results in a lot of customers paying a lot more in interest than they would if they were making partial payments. If you are unable to pay your bill in full, we do accept partial payments in any dollar amount that you are able to apply to your account. The smaller your balance, the less interest you’ll pay. Of course, interest, penalties, and the delinquent process do continue even if you are making payments.

What is the delinquent tax collection process?

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All taxes not paid are subject to 12% interest on an annual basis. After the date of the final bill (the December tax bill) has passed, notices of delinquency are mailed to all property owners with outstanding balances on their account. These notices are generally mailed in January and stipulate the final date to pay in full the outstanding tax bill and interest accrued before the tax lien process begins. When the tax lien process begins, a “Notice of Impending Tax Lien” is sent by certified mail indicating the final payment date to bring the account current before a lien is placed on the property. There is a cost associated with the mailing of these letters and this charge is added to the delinquent amount due. Any property with an unpaid balance as of the tax lien date will have a tax lien placed on it. The lien is recorded at the Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds. At this point, the interest rate changes from 12% to 18% annually. The property owner has two years from the date of the lien to pay the taxes in full or a deed for 100% interest in the property is issued to the Town. Once the lien is placed, we are required to notify mortgage holders that a lien occurred. Depending on your mortgage contract, a tax lien could result in some type of action by your bank. The Town does not report to any other outside agencies except the Registry of Deeds and mortgage holders; however, property owners should be aware that the major credit reporting agencies do search these records and a tax lien can show on a credit report.

When are taxes due?

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The Town of Merrimack has adopted the optional twice-a-year billing procedure. The first bill is mailed at the end of May, and is due on July 1st. The final bill, is mailed at the end of October and is due December 1st. The first bill is figured at half the previous years' total tax. The second bill is figured at the current years' tax rate, less the first bill amount. 

What is the penalty for delinquent property taxes in County of Merrimack?

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All property taxes not paid by the due date are subject to an interest charge of 12% per annum. Property owners should be aware that it is their responsibility to contact the Tax Collector's office for a duplicate property tax bill in the event they do not receive the original billing on the property. Not receiving a tax bill will not obviate the owner's responsibility for payment of the tax and/or interest and penalties incurred.

What information do I need to file for unemployment insurance in New Hampshire?

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You will need the following information to file for your initial claim for Unemployment Insurance in the State of New Hampshire:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Address (mailing and home address)
  • Telephone Number
  • Email Address
  • Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Amount of separation, holiday, sick, or retirement pay you received or will receive
  • Military Form DD-214, member 4 copy (if you were in the military in the past year)
  • Form SF-8 (if you worked for the Federal government in the past year)

Also, for each employer you worked for in the past 18 months, you need:

  • Complete name and address of each employer (including zip code)
  • Payroll address if different
  • Employer's telephone number (including area code)
  • Beginning and ending dates of employment (day, month and year)
  • Number of hours worked and pay rate if you worked this week (including Sunday)
  • Reason why you are no longer working for employer.

What is the process to be able to receive Unemployment Benefits in New Hampshire?

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Filing a claim is a two step process. You must complete both steps to be potentially eligible for payment in New Hampshire: 

Step 1: Initial Claim

This is the first claim you file after becoming unemployed, your first claim in a Benefit Year. It is not a request for compensation, but it serves as a notice to the Department and your employer that you may claim benefits.

You must first start with an initial claim application online. Your claim is effective the Sunday of the calendar week in which it is opened. To be timely to claim the week in which you last worked, you must file your initial claim within three business days of your last day worked. You must file no later than the last day of the first week for which you wish to file for benefits.

Step 2: Continued Claim

You will need to file your weekly claim. This is the actual request for payment of benefits that is made each week. You must file your first continued claim between the first Sunday through Saturday period following the week you open your claim, and every week thereafter that you wish to file for benefits.

Where can I find more information on the COVID-19 cases/testings in the State of New Hampshire?

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You can find the latest information on the cases and testing reported by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) here

Where can I find more information on the COVID-19 cases/testings in the State of New Hampshire?

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You can find the latest information on the cases and testing reported by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) here

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Where can I find the list of the public health testing facilities for COVID-19 in the US?

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You can find here a map that all includes states and territories with one or more laboratories that have successfully verified and are currently using COVID-19 diagnostic tests. 

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