You can view your bill on line by clicking here.
The tax collector is responsible for the collection of property taxes for approximately 2,370 parcels. All powers and duties of this office, as well as collection procedures are statutory and defined in the New York State Real Property Tax Law.
Any inquiries are welcome pertaining to collection policies as well as general tax information. Assistance is provided to residents, realtors, lending institutions, title companies and other entities that may require tax information.
Please remember to send the entire bill page back with your payment. The top part of the bill be stamped PAID and will be returned to you as your payment receipt. If you mail your payment in, the envelope must be postmarked by the Post Office cancellation on or before the due date to avoid any late penalty charges. Please mark any address changes on your bill so future bills will be correctly addressed. For more information or if you do not receive a tax bill, please call 266-5721 ext. 141 or visit the link above to see and print your tax bill on line.
During property tax collection, hours to pay in person are available by appointment by calling me at 266-3592. Additionally for your convenience taxes can be paid in person in the office located near the library door in the Town Hall Meeting Room at the Town Hall complex on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m in February or on the last 2 Saturdays in February from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the town library.
Duties of the Office of Tax Collector: In the Town of Clinton, the office of Tax Collector is a two year elected position. Before entering upon the duties of this office, it is required that all tax collecting officers take the Constitutional Oath of Office. In addition, an official undertaking of bond, which guarantees the faithful performance of the office must be executed and filed in the Town Clerk’s Office. Once the collector has taken the oath and executed the bond, she or he becomes an insurer and guarantor of all monies, securities, papers and records that the law provides shall be in his or her custody.
The Collector of Taxes collects the General Property Taxes starting in January. The bills are mailed in mid January. The tax bill covers the period of January 1st – December 31st. Payments can be made upon receipt of the bill through February 28th without penalty. Bills paid after February 28th through March 31st incur a 2% penalty. From April 1st through April 30th there is an additional 1% penalty (3% in all). On May 1st there is a second billing sent out to all those who did not yet pay their taxes. There is now an additional 1% penalty (4% in all), plus a $2.00 processing fee. After May 31st, the unpaids are turned over to Dutchess County. All payments must then be made to the Commissioner of Finance at 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, New York, 12601.
The property tax bill contains levies for the Town, County and specific Fire District. In addition, if school taxes are unpaid from the previous year, they will be re-levied into the Property Tax Bill. If a previous owner was receiving an exemption, a payback amount may also appear on the bill which covers the time period that the new property owner enjoyed a previous owner’s exemption. Please contact the tax collector if there are any questions regarding the amounts due.
The Town of Clinton has four school tax districts (Hyde Park, Millbrook, Pine Plains, and Rhinebeck). Each district has its own Receiver of taxes. Click here obtain their numbers to assist you with school taxes. School tax bills are mailed in early September. The due date is specified on the bill. Usually any unpaid school tax bills are turned over to Dutchess County in the first week of November. They may be paid to the County until the re-levy date. After that date all unpaid school bills are levied on the following Property Tax Bill with a 7% penalty.
To assist our elderly and disabled residents, third party notification tax bills are offered. Property owners who are disabled or 65 years of age or older and own their home may designate an adult consenting third party to receive duplicate copies of tax bills and notices of unpaid taxes. In order to receive this service, one must fill out a third party notification form RP-923, available from the tax collector.
Many residents have their taxes escrowed with lending institutions. The County updates bank codes prior to each billing cycle. It is the lending institution’s responsibility to notify the County of any additions or deletions of accounts. Many banks contract with Tax Service Organizations (TSOs), which are agencies that service escrow accounts for the banks. These organizations provide the tax collector with a list of their customers and their identifying account numbers. In the event that a resident received a bill that should have gone to the bank it is still the responsibility of the bank to call for that bill. If the bill should have gone to the homeowner, but went to the bank, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to know that taxes are due. Please call the tax collector immediately and they will issue you a duplicate bill. The failure to mail a statement or the failure of a property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by the law. [New York State Real Property Tax Law §922]. If you should have received a bill, but have not by the second week in January, please contact the tax collector for a duplicate bill.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. I never received my bill or received it late. Do I still have to pay the penalty?
Yes, the failure to mail a statement or the failure of a property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by law [New York State Real Property Tax Law §922]. In addition, neither the tax collector nor any other official has legal authority to waive statutory penalty charges. These are fixed by the Real Property Tax Law. If they are waived, the tax collecting officer will be personally responsible. As all records are audited by State examiners, there is absolutely no discretion in this matter. The Constitution and the law of the State mandates the procedure.
2. If I mail my payment on the due date do I have to pay a penalty?
New York State Real Property Tax Law §925, provides as follows “Payment of taxes by mail, when enclosed in a postpaid wrapper (envelope) properly addressed to the appropriate collecting officer and is deposited in a post office or official depository under the exclusive care and custody of the United States Post Office shall be upon delivery, deemed to have been made to such offices the date of the United States Postmark on such wrapper. The provisions of this section shall not apply in the case of postmarks not made by the United States Post Office. A postage meter postmark is not a postmark made by the United States Post Office and, therefore is not within the provisions of Real Property Tax Law §925. Payment cannot be deemed timely because of a postage meter postmark date on an envelope containing a tax payment (Op New York State Comp. 69-170).
If taxes are not received until after the due date, they are not paid until after the due date unless they fall squarely within the provisions of Section §925 of the Real Property Tax Law, and the penalty must be added and collected. No Town official or employee can waive the penalty (Op. New York State Comp. 68-626).
3. Can I pay my property taxes in installments?
No. The property tax must be paid in full in one payment.
4. Can I pre-pay my property taxes?
No, the warrant constitutes the mantle of authority for the collecting officer to receive the taxes. Therefore, the warrant must be regarded as the instrument which empowers the collecting officer to begin the collection. Collection authority cannot begin prior to the date of the warrant.
For your convenience you can view and print out a copy of your property tax bill and its payment status online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can view and print a copy of the bill by entering the bill #, tax map #, property address or owner’s name by clicking here.
Contact the Tax Collector: (845) 266-5721 Ext. 141 (messages only) Fax Number: (845) 266-3592