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.
Payments can still be made by calling 1-800-272-9829 with Official Payments. At the prompt, use Jurisdiction code 4232. Transaction fees will be charged to the taxpayer based on the amount of the total charge. Please have your current 2019-2020 tax amount and item number available.
You will receive a tax statement in mid-December with payment stubs attached. This will aid in processing your payment promptly. Contact the office if you do not receive your tax bill by December 20th. Suffolk County Tax Act states payment of taxes on a timely basis is the responsibility of the property owner even if a tax bill has not been received.
The first half tax is due on or before January 10th without penalty. Following is the 2019-2020 schedule of penalty on first half tax only:
Dec. 1st to Jan. 10th No % Penalty
Jan. 11th to Feb. 10th 1% Penalty
Feb. 11th to Mar. 10th 2% Penalty
Mar. 11th to Apr. 10th 3% Penalty
Apr. 11th to May 11th 4% Penalty
May 12th to June 1st 5% penalty
The second half tax is due on or before May 31st. After May 31st, all taxes are due and payable to the Suffolk County Comptroller with penalty and interest. For more information, contact the Comptroller at (631) 852-3000, 330 Center Drive, Riverhead, NY 11901.
***Please note that you can make a FULL payment (1st and 2nd Half) by January 10th***
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Paying In Person
Please bring in the entire tax statement. Do not detach stubs. Upon payment, your bill will be receipted and returned to you. Credit and debit cards are not accepted in person.
Paying By Mail
Detach and return the appropriate stub. Your cancelled check will be your receipt unless otherwise noted.
If taxes are paid by mail, pursuant to Real Property Tax Law 925, you will avoid penalty and interest if the envelope bears proper postage and an official post office date stamp not later than the last day to pay in person. A metered postmark is not acceptable. Deposit in a local post office will not insure a postmark on that date. Check with your local postmaster prior to mailing.
Methods of Payment
Checks are accepted in person or via mail and should be made payable to Jennifer Montiglio, Receiver of Taxes. Please write your item number (located in the upper right hand corner of your bill) and your daytime telephone number on your check. Under General Municipal Law, the Town of Babylon will issue a $20 service charge for checks not honored by your bank. Bank checks and money orders are also acceptable.
E-Check, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa Cards are accepted online through Official Payments or by calling 1-800-272-9829. Credit and debit cards are not accepted in person. Fees are calculated after you enter your tax payment amount on the website. Please have your current 2019-2020 tax amount and item number available.
Partial payments may be made pursuant to Suffolk County Resolution #551-2001 accepting $200 or more. Penalties will apply to any unpaid balances after the due dates. Please specify if you are making a partial payment.
S.S.I. recipients must file with the County Comptroller and meet the required qualifications prior to making installment payments to the Receiver of Taxes. Contact the Suffolk County Comptroller at (631) 852-3000.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE:PLEASE NOTIFY THE RECEIVER OF TAXES OFFICE UPON SATISFACTION OF YOUR MORTGAGE OR IF YOUR PROPERY HAS BEEN SOLD OR TRANSFERRED AT 631-957-7400
Taxes Payable to Suffolk County Comptroller
After May 31st of each year, all taxes are due and payable to the Suffolk County Comptroller. You can contact them at (631) 852-3000. In addition to the flat amount of tax, a 5% penalty is added together with interest at the rate of 1% per month, calculated from February 1st. Interest is calculated on the total of flat tax and penalty. Any taxes remaining unpaid after August 31st will also be charged a tax sale advertising fee.
June 2nd to June 30th: 5% penalty plus 5% interest
July 1st to July 31st: 5% penalty plus 6% interest
August 1st to August 31th: 5% penalty plus 7% interest
September 1st to September 30th: 5% penalty plus 8% interest, plus $20 advertising fee
October 1st to October 31st: 5% penalty plus 9% interest, plus $20 advertising fee
November 1st to November 30th: 5% penalty plus 10% interest, plus $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 (PDF) 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 .
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.