Receiver of Taxes Office

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Responsibilities of the Tax Receiver's Office

The Receiver of Taxes is an elected official who administers and oversees the collection of yearly tax payments. The Receiver of Taxes Office is not a policy making office and does not determine tax rates. The office is responsible for collecting all real property taxes levied by the town, county and school districts. Taxes are collected in accordance with New York State Real Property Tax Laws and the Suffolk County Tax Act. The Receiver of Taxes is elected to a four-year term by voters from the entire Town.

The tax year begins on December 1 and ends of November 30 of the following year. Tax bills are mailed once a year around mid-December pending approval from Suffolk County. They can be paid in total or in two installments:

  • 1st half: payable by January 10th without penalty
  • 2nd half: payable by May 31st without penalty

The Tax Office is open Monday – Friday, from 9:00AM – 4:30PM, please note that no payments are taken after 4:00PM. The office has expanded weekday and special Saturday hours in advance of the 1st and 2nd half collection deadlines. Payments can be made online or in-person, either in the Tax Office, at the drive-up collection booths at Town Hall or through secure drop box located inside Town Hall outside of the Tax Office. 

School Taxes:

School budgets are set by your local school districts. Every year you have the opportunity to vote on the school budget. This determines the amount of taxes you will pay for schools in your district.

School Tax Note: Through the School Tax Relief Plan (STAR) tax exemption program, New York State pays taxes on a portion of your home assessment to provide you with tax relief. In prior years, the STAR exemption for which you qualified rose along with the rate of your tax increase. The New York State Legislature capped its share at a 2% increase above the amount paid last year. If the taxpayer’s school tax rises more than 2% above the previous year, they will be paying additional taxes on that portion.

County Taxes:

County taxes are set by a county budget, approved by the County Executive and the Suffolk County Legislature.

Town Taxes:

Town taxes are set by a town budget, approved by the Supervisor and Town Board. Public hearings are set for school, county, and town budgets.

Town Tax Note: New York State Law requires each county to reimburse out-of-county community colleges for the difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates. Suffolk County has, in the past, included these costs in their annual general fund budget, which would be covered by your Suffolk County general fund tax rate. This tax line appears on your tax bill as the out-of-county tuition tax. Any questions regarding this tax should be directed to your county or state representatives.

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