Payment of Taxes
If you have a bank or mortgage company that pays your taxes, you will receive an informational statement in February and a conditional tax receipt in July. If you are responsible for paying your own taxes, please refer to the Payment Schedule.
Dec. 1st to Jan. 10th No % Penalty
Jan. 11th to Feb. 13th 1% Penalty
Feb. 14th to Mar. 12th 2% Penalty
Mar. 13th to Apr. 10th 3% Penalty
Apr. 11th to May 10th 4% Penalty
May 11th to May 31st 5% penalty
June 1st to June 30th: 5% penalty + 5% interest
July 1st to July 31st: 5% penalty + 6% interest
August 1st to August 31th: 5% penalty + 7% interest
September 1st to September 30th: 5% penalty + 8% interest, + $20 advertising fee
October 1st to October 31st: 5% penalty + 9% interest, + $20 advertising fee
November 1st to November 30th: 5% penalty +10% interest, + $20 advertising fee
If taxes have not been paid prior to the date of a tax sale, a tax lien will be sold for such unpaid taxes and accrued charges.
If you are either 65 years of age or older or disabled and you own and occupy a one, two or three-family residence, you may designate a consenting adult third-party to receive duplicate copies of your tax bills and notices of unpaid taxes. Applications may be obtained in person from your tax collecting officer. Applications for third-party notifications must be filed with the tax collecting officer no later than the 1st of October.
Anyone who purchases improved property in Suffolk County should question if there was any tax exemption granted to the previous owner, such as a Veterans or Senior Citizen exemption. This exemption should not pass on to the new owner and the tax could change considerably when the exemption is removed from the property.
Persons eligible for a tax exemption must file the appropriate paperwork by March 1st each year in order to qualify on their next tax bill. Exemptions include STAR, Senior Citizens, Veterans, Capital Improvement, Firefighters / Ambulance Service Workers, First Time Home Buyers, and Persons with Disabilities and Limited Income. For further information on the STAR Exemption, please visit the Assessors Department website here.
Some of the most common exemption applications are available online. There are many other RPT exemptions available. To find out more and view the entire list, please visit the New York State's page on property tax exemptions.
For further information regarding exemptions, you must contact the Department of Assessment at (631) 957-3014 or (631) 957-3015.