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Office of the Receiver of Taxes

Receiver of Taxes OfficeCatherine Mazzaro - Receiver of Taxes
Darlene Paolercio - Deputy Receiver of Taxes

 

34 Fifth Avenue Town Hall
Pelham, New York 10803
Phone: (914) 738-1642

Fax: (914) 813-1855
taxreceiver@townofpelham.com
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

The Receiver of Taxes is an elected official charged with collecting taxes for the Town, County, Villages and the School. The Receiver is elected to a four-year period. The office includes an appointed Deputy Tax Receiver with both individuals listed above.

 

 

**Please Note**

Payments for 2017/2018 - 1st and/or 2nd half School and 2018 Provisional Town/County estimated partial prepayment of taxes will be accepted if dated no later than December 31st, 2017 and dropped in mail slot before 9AM on Wednesday January 3, 2018. If mailing, must be postmarked by

December 31st, 2017.

2017/2018 - 1st and/or 2nd half School taxes (only) may be paid online through the Town website at www.townofpelham.com

2017 Town/County April tax is being accepted as the 2018 provisional estimated partial prepayment amount. This tax may not be paid online

The amounts may be found online at www.townofpelham.com on

 

  • Town Home page

  • Town Headlines (lower right side of Home Page)

  • Click Here to Pay Property Tax

  • Follow prompt and go to 2017 Town for 2018 provisional prepayment amount (cannot be paid online)

  • Follow prompt and go to 2017 School to pay 1st and/or 2nd half 2017/2018 School. This tax can be paid online by December 31st, 2017

 

We cannot accept prepayments for 2018/19 Village and 2018/19 School taxes.

 

 

 

 

*****Please Note*****

Message From the Town Supervisor Concerning Payment of 2018 Taxes

On Friday, December 22, 2017, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 172-2017, which suspends the application of provisions contained in the New York Real Property Tax Law and the Westchester County Tax Law governing the levy and collection of real property taxes.

 

The Executive Order was issued in response to federal tax law changes that will limit the amount of state and local tax deductions in 2018.  As made clear in its preamble, the intent of the Executive Order is to facilitate the payment of certain real property taxes – including those that would ordinarily be levied, billed and collected in 2018 – before the end of this year. 

 

The Town of Pelham intends to take steps permitted under existing law and the Executive Order to allow its property owners to make real property tax payments that would ordinarily be billed in 2018.

 

Please note that these payments are limited to Town taxes only.  County taxes may also be included depending upon whether a County tax warrant is issued or further clarification concerning the Executive Order is received.  The Town will monitor this situation and issue additional guidance as soon as it can.

 

Please note that payment of Village and Pelham Union Free School District (PUFSD) taxes to be levied in 2018 will not be accepted before the end of this year.  These taxes relate to future fiscal years that run from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019 (for the Villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor) and July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 (for the PUFSD).  Budgets for these taxing jurisdictions have yet to be adopted.

 

The Tax Receiver will accept the second half of the levied 2017-18 PUFSD taxes before December 31, 2017, in accordance with standing practice and procedure.

 

Due to the timing of the Executive Order, the Town will not be able to issue tax bills.  In order to take advantage of the Executive Order, property owners may tender the amount of Town taxes that were paid in April 2017.  These will be credited against taxes ordinarily due on April 30, 2018.  If County taxes can be included, they may be tendered in the 2017 amount as well.  However, as mentioned, the ability to pay County taxes in this manner is still unresolved. 

 

Under the Executive Order, these taxes may be paid and accepted in person at Town Hall until the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on Friday, December 29, 2017 or by mail (payments to be sent to the Tax Receiver) provided they are postmarked as of December 31, 2017.

 

If you escrow taxes through a financial institution or mortgage servicer, you are encouraged to contact your lender to make arrangements relative to payment of these taxes as provided in the Executive Order. 

 

Although the Town of Pelham is proceeding with tax collection as permitted in the Executive Order, it offers no opinion concerning the ultimate deductibility of any taxes paid for federal tax purposes.  Property owners should consult with their own tax professionals for guidance with regard to the federal tax implications associated with these payments.

 

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and the Town will provide updates as warranted.

 

 

Click Here to view Executive Order No. 172-2017

 

***Please Note***

Town Hall will be closed:

Monday, December 25th

Tuesday, December 26th

Monday, January 1st

Tuesday, January 2nd                                  

 

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Yearly Collection Times

The Tax office is opened from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you have questions pertaining to your Taxes, please feel free to call (914) 738-1642. To familiarize you with our tax collection periods, please note the following:


Town/County Tax: Due April 1, last day to pay without penalty April 30th
Village Tax: Due June 1, last day to pay without penalty June 30th
School Tax: Option permits Payment in two halves as follows:
  First Half: Due Sept. 1, last day to pay without penalty Sept. 30th
  Second Half: Due Jan. 1, last day to pay without penalty Jan. 31st

Exemptions:

STAR – School Tax Relief Program
What is it? STAR is Governor Pataki’s school tax relief program that provides a partial exemption from school property taxes for owner-occupied, primary residences such as homes, condominiums, cooperative apartments, mobile homes and farm homes.

BASIC STAR
All New Yorkers who own and live in their one, two or three-family home, condominium, cooperative apartments, mobil home or farm home are eligible for a STAR Exemption on their primary residence, regardless of age or income. This is known as the Basic STAR Exemption. Basic STAR works by exempting the first $90,820.00 (for 2016/2017 tax year) of the full value of a home from school taxes.  ** Please note the 2016/2017 school levies, increases in STAR savings will be capped at 2% of the prior years savings.  The State Office of Real Property Tax Service (ORPTS) now publishes maximums for Basic and Enhanced STAR for each school district municipal segment. **

***RECENT LAW CHANGES TO THE STAR PROGRAM***

New applicants who qualify for the STAAR will now be required to register with NY State (www.tax.ny.gov) instead of applying with the Assessor's Office.  If they qualify, they will receive a star credit in the form of a check rather than a property tax exemption.  The dollar value of the credit will be the same as the property tax exemption. 

You must register with the New York State Tax Department by

         (1) visiting www.tax.ny.gov

                              or

         (2) Calling 518-457-2036

ENHANCED STAR
Senior Citizens (age 65 and older) with yearly incomes not exceeding $84,550.00 are eligible to receive school property tax reductions on their primary residence. This is known as the Enhanced STAR. For qualifying senior citizens, the Enhanced STAR program works by exempting the first $197,690.00 (for 2016/2017 tax year) of the full value of their home from school property taxes. For property owned by a husband and wife, or by siblings, only one of them must be at least 65 years of age to qualify for the Enhanced exemption. Their combined income, however, must not exceed $86,000.00.

Applicants for the Enhanced STAR exemption need only be 65 years of age as of December 31st of the year in which the exemption will begin.

Helpful Hints on Buying/Selling Property:

IF YOU REFINANCE
We need to know if your taxes will still be escrowed and with which mortgage company.

IF YOU PAY OFF YOUR MORTGAGE
Please contact the Tax Receiver’s Office immediately so that we may send all future bills directly to the homeowner.

ADDRESS UPDATES
If at any time you change your current mailing address please notify the ASSESSOR’S OFFICE so that the tax bills and receipts will be delivered properly.

STATE LAW
According to the New York State law the property owner is responsible for all taxes and penalties, which may be applicable whether or not they receive a bill. If, for some reason, you do not receive a bill by the first week of the tax period, please contact our office and we will print you a duplicate bill.

DEED
There is a time lapse of 1-2 months from the date a deed is filed with the County until the information is recorded with the ASSESSOR’S OFFICE, therefore your input is very important.

PAYMENT

                                 ****SPECIAL NOTICE****

          Your Town/County & School Taxes Can Now Be Paid By Using ACH(Checking Acct.) Or Credit

          Card. There is a convenience fee (2.75%) per transaction for paying by credit card and no               additional processing fee for paying by electronic check (ACH).  ****Please Note: Village of

          Pelham & Pelham Manor Taxes due by June 30th - Cannot be paid using this method.****         

                                        CLICK BELOW And Follow The Prompts.

Click Here to pay your property taxes securely on-line.

If payment is made by mail, the Postal Service cancellation (Not a postage meter mark) determines date of payment.

IF YOUR TAXES ARE ESCROWED – WHO GETS THE BILL?

Your bank or mortgage company will receive a printout of the taxes on properties for which they hold escrow accounts.

WHO GETS THE RECEIPT?

A tax statement/receipt will be mailed to the homeowner the end of January or beginning of February for all taxes paid during the prior year. It is important the collector’s office has your current mailing address, especially if it is different from the legal address of the property.

A COPY OF THIS STATEMENT SHOULD BE USED FOR INCOME TAX FILING.

IF YOU’RE TAXES ARE NOT IN ESCROW-WHO GETS THE BILL?

The tax bill will go to the owner of record at the time the bills are printed.

WHO GETS THE RECEIPT?

The  tax statement/receipt is always mailed to the homeowner, whether they are escrowed or direct pay.

Penalty Schedules for the Town/County, Villages and School
Town/County (Taxes due by April 30th without penalty

 

May 2%
June & July 5%
August & September 7%
October November December 10%
January to Lien 12%

Pelham Manor Village Pelham Village (due June 30th w/out penalty)
July 2% July 5%
August 3% August 6%
September 4% September 7%
October 5% October 8%
November 6% November 9%
December 7% December 10%
January 8% January 11%
February 9% February 12%
March to Lien 10% March to Lien 13%

School (First half due Sept. 30th & Second half due by Jan 31st w/out penalty)

 
FIRST HALF
SECOND HALF
September None None
October 2% None
November 5% None
December & January 7% None
February & March 10% 10%
April & May 12%

12%

Third Party Notification

If you are either 65 years of age or older or disabled and you own and occupy your residence, you may designate an adult third party, with their consent, to receive duplicate copies of your tax bills and notices of unpaid taxes until further notice. Applications may be obtained from the Tax Receivers Office.

If, due to a disability, you need an accommodation or assistance to participate in paying taxes, please contact our office at (914) 738-1642.

PLEASE NOTE:
Taxes can no longer be dropped at the Police Station. All payments received from the Police Department will be returned to the owner without being processed and penalty will apply if applicable.

SPECIAL NOTE:
THERE IS A MAIL SLOT IN FRONT OF TOWN HALL TO RECEIVE ALL TAX PAYMENTS PAYMENTS CAN BE PLACED IN THE SLOT DURING EVENING AND WEEKEND HOURS

NO CASH PLEASE

 
 
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