Pay your bill online using our Online Payment Portal.
The property tax bill covers a period of January 1st-December 31st. Property tax bills will be mailed out in mid-January 2021 and are due on or before March 1, 2021. Payments received or postmarked after March 1, 2021 will incur the following penalties:
March 2 – March 31: 2%
April – April 30: 3%
May 1 – June 1: 4% plus a $2.00 rebilling fee.
Returned checks: will incur a $40 fee which must be included with the new payment.
Checks must be made payable to: Tax Collector, Town of Clinton
IMPORTANT COVID-19 MESSAGE AND PAYMENT OPTIONS
Due to the Coronavirus all town offices are closed to the public and we are encouraging social distancing for the health and safety of all Clinton residents.
Whenever possible kindly use the following remote payment options:
- US Mail – Mail your payment to Tax Collector, Town of Clinton 1215 Centre Rd Rhinebeck NY 12572. Please note payments must be postmarked by March 1, 2021 to avoid penalty. Include your entire bill to receive a receipt by mail. After your payment has been processed you can also obtain a receipt through our Online Payment Portal.
- Payment Drop Box – Use our secure tax payment drop box located on the front of the Schoolhouse building next to Town Hall. Simply place your check and payment stub or entire tax bill (if a receipt is desired) in an envelope and drop it in the box. Payments are picked up daily from this drop box. The drop box is available 24/7 until 5PM on March 1, 2021, after which the drop box will be sealed and payments, including penalties, must then be mailed, paid online, or paid in person by appointment.
- Online Payment Portal– Online payment options are available 24/7 through June 1, 2021. Fees for online payments are:
- eCheck $1.75 (automatic debit from your savings/checking account)
- Debit Card $3.95
- Credit Card 2.45% of payment
For mail and drop box payments, your receipt will be mailed to you provided you include your entire tax bill with your payment. Payments received without the entire bill will not receive a receipt in the mail. After your payment has been processed you may also obtain a receipt from our Online Payment Portal.
In person by appointment only – please call (845) 266-5721 x141 or email email@example.com to make an appointment. Appointments are limited. For the safety and health of everyone, please use the remote payment options whenever possible. Payments made in person must be by check or cash for exact amount.
EXACT PAYMENT is expected. We do not accept partial payments of any kind. Underpayments must be sent back to the property owner. Payments must be postmarked on or before May 31 of each year, or, if May 31 is a weekend or holiday, by the following business day.
After May 31, or if May 31 is a weekend or holiday, after the following business day,
payments must be made directly to the county. Please contact the Dutchess County Department of Finance at (845) 486-2025 to obtain the exact amount due. Payments to the county should be made payable to:
Dutchess County Commissioner of Finance (DCCOF)
22 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
The town of Clinton does not collect school tax payments. If you mail your school tax payment to the town it will be returned to you, which may result in a late payment and penalty. Payments or questions pertaining to School Taxes should be directed to your school district:
School Districts –
- Hyde Park Central Schools
- Millbrook Central Schools
- Pine Plains Central Schools
- Rhinebeck Central Schools
- Map of School Districts
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PROPERTY OWNERS
Whether you receive a bill or not, New York State Law states you are ultimately responsible for payment including all penalties. Once a bill is in the penalty stage payment cannot be accepted without the penalty.
Mailing Address Changes – Please send mailing address changes to the Town Assessor, 1215 Centre Rd Rhinebeck NY 12572 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT POSTMARKS
Your United States Postal Service mailed payment is deemed timely or late based on the postmark that appears on the payment envelope. Real Property Tax Law § 925 provides that any mailed tax payment received with a postmark dated within the penalty-free period, as shown on your tax bill, is a timely payment. The envelope must contain a legible postmark. An envelope postmarked beyond the penalty-free period will result in a penalty. Not all mail will carry a postmark. Privately metered mail does not constitute a postmark. The only way to ensure timely payments through the mail is to bring your envelope to the Post Office on or before the due date to have it hand postmarked. Please check the envelope to ensure the postmark is legible before leaving the post office.
Please note that neither the tax collector or any other town official has the authority to waive a penalty.