Frequently Asked Questions - Receiver of Taxes

FAQs - Receiver of Taxes

You can use the online tax system to view and print your property taxes. Click Here to Access the Online Tax System.

Property Tax bills can be viewed and printed online. Click Here to Access the Online Tax System. Also, town officials can mail, fax or e-mail the information to you. Just call 371-5720.

Shenendehowa School Tax Collector 881-0625, Burnt Hills School Tax Collector 399-1413, Niskayuna School Tax Collector 377-4666 ext. 50712

No. Each School District handles their own collection.

Yes, You can now pay your property taxes using a credit/debit card. There is a 2.45% transaction fee for credit cards, $3.95 fee for debit cards and a $1.75 convenience fee for E-checks which is charged by the credit card company (not the town). Click here to go to the Property Tax Portal. Enter information to select bill and follow prompts.

Many residents have their taxes escrowed with lending institutions. It is the responsibility of the lender to notify this office prior to the mailing of bills that they will make payment. In the event that a request list is not received prior to our mailing, the bills are mailed as addressed and becomes the responsibility of the owner to notify his/her lender. All changes of information to a tax bill is done through the Assessor’s Office and until this office receives these changes the tax bill will remain the same. If a bill is mailed to a former owner they are supposed to forward the bill to the new owner, or return it to this office. This does not always occur. It you are a new owner, it would be wise to contact this office if you do not receive your bill by the second week of January. If you have a lender, contact them to make certain they requested your bill for payment. The Property Tax Bills are printed from the Assessor’s records. For changes of mailing status please call the Assessor’s Office at 371-6460.

No. By law the Property Tax Office cannot collect any tax until after January 1st of each year.

The Town of Clifton Park operates under the schedule of dates in the Real Property Tax Law, for real property tax levies, the collection period normally begins on January 1 and continues through March 31. Each year toward the end of December, collecting officers are confronted with a request by particular property owners to accept payment of their taxes prior to January 1.

The question continues to arise with collecting officers about the practice or authority to accept payment prior to January 1 in any year. To answer this question, one must look to the authority of the collecting officer to receive the particular taxes tendered as payment. In the case of real property tax collection pursuant to the Real Property Tax Law 904, the warrant of collection is annexed to the assessment roll “authorizing and directing the collecting officer” to collect the taxes set forth on the roll. This warrant constitutes the mantle of authority for the collecting officer to receive the taxes. Without such warrant, the collecting officer is without authority to collect the real property taxes. Therefore, the warrant must be regarded as the instrument that empowers the collecting officer to begin the collection duties with respect to real property taxes listed in the tax roll.

Section 904 (see below) does not specify a date when the warrant becomes operative. Ordinarily, it is January 1, as this is the date when the real property taxes become a lien (see Real Property Tax Law 902 below). Section 904 provides that the warrant is to be annexed “Not later than the thirty-first day of December in each year.”

New York Consolidated Laws, Real Property Tax Law - RPT § 902. Lien date

The amount of all taxes, special ad valorem levies and special assessments levied upon any parcel of real property by the board of supervisors shall, except as otherwise expressly provided by law, be and become a lien thereon as of the first day of January of the fiscal year for which levied and shall remain a lien until paid.

New York Consolidated Laws, Real Property Tax Law - RPT § 904. Warrant; tax roll

1. Not later than the thirty-first day of December in each year, the county legislative body shall annex to or, in the case of assessment rolls prepared in accordance with the provisions of article fifteen-C of this chapter, file with the assessment roll of each city and town a warrant, bearing the seal of the board and signed by the chairman and clerk thereof, authorizing and directing the collecting officer of the city or town to collect, not later than the following April first, from the several persons and corporations named on such roll, the amounts listed opposite their respective names, together with any interest or penalties thereon prescribed by law. The assessment roll of each city and town shall, at the time the warrant is annexed thereto, or filed therewith, become the tax roll thereof and it or a certified copy thereof shall be delivered to the collecting officer not later than the thirty-first day of December in each year.

2. The warrant shall further direct the payment of all amounts collected not later than one week from the date of expiration of the warrant, in the case of a collecting officer of a city, to the treasurer of the county and in the case of a collecting officer of a town (a) to the supervisor thereof, an amount equal to the sum levied for town purposes and such other amounts as may be required by law to be paid to the supervisor and (b) to the county treasurer, the residue of the amount collected.

3. If the amounts levied for a special purpose in a city or town are required by law to be paid to any person other than those named in this section, the warrant shall be varied accordingly.

Payments may be mailed to our bank lockbox at Town of Clifton Park, PO Box 10788, Albany, New York, 12201, or payments can be paid in person at Clifton Park Town Hall, 1 Town Hall Plaza, Clifton Park, New York 12065, or online with credit card or E-check (fees apply).

The Property Tax Bill is mailed December 31st each year. If you do not receive the bill by January 7th, call the Property Tax Office at 371-5720.

All exemptions are processed by the Assessor’s Office. For information please call 371-6460.

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