The Receiver of Taxes is responsible for the collecting of town and county taxes along with water and sewer rents for the various districts in the town.
Taxes for the Wappingers Central School District within the Town of Wappinger are also collected by this office.
Checks should be made payable to Lee A. Freno, Receiver of Taxes
Mailing Address: 20 Middlebush Rd., Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Online Tax Information is available at www.egov.basgov.com
TOWN & COUNTY TAXES
Bills are mailed out mid-January and are due anytime prior to February 28th without penalty.
Payments made from March 1st to May 30th incur a penalty of 2%. On May 31st a $2.00 fee is added.
Payments made from June 1st to August 31st incur a penalty of 4%. On July 31st a $2.00 fee is added.
The books are closed on August 31st and all unpaid taxes are turned over to Dutchess County.
WAPPINGERS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Wappingers Central School District Business Office: (845)298-5000
Bills are mailed out after August 31st. The due date is set by the School District and will vary from year to year. After the penalty-free due date, a 2% penalty is added until the final collection date.
The books are closed at this time and all unpaid taxes are turned over to Dutchess County where the taxes may be paid until the first week of December or the re-levy date. If taxes are not paid prior to the re-levy date, all unpaid amounts will be re-levied with 7% interest onto the flowing years’ Town/County tax bill.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Can I pay my taxes in installments?
Yes, Town/County taxes can be paid in installments as set forth on the bill. School Tax bills must be paid in full in one payment. School tax bills must be paid in full.
- I never received my tax bill, 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. The Receiver of Taxes nor any other official has the legal authority to waive statutory penalty charges. These are fixed by Real Property Tax Law.
- If I mail the payment on the due date, is this acceptable?
Payment of taxes by mail when enclosed in an envelope and deposited in a post office, shall be deemed to have been made to such officer on the date of the United States Postmark on such envelope. A postage meter postmark is NOT a postmark made by the United States post office and is therefore not within the provisions of Real Property Tax Law 925. Payments cannot be deemed timely because of a postage meter postmark date on an envelope. It should be noted that the provisions of this section shall not apply in Case of postmarks not made by the United State post office.
- How can I change the billing address on my taxes?
A change in address needs to be requested in writing to the Assessor’s office.
- How can I get a Senior Citizen, Veteran, Star, or Disability exemption?
Information/applications regarding each of these programs is available by contacting the Assessor’s Office.
ALERT: HOW CRIMINALS TARGET TAXPAYERS
Criminals impersonate Internal Revenue Service employees and send emails that demand tax payments or certain links or attachments with malware to obtain a copy of the recipient’s tax transcript or W-2.
In other schemes, criminals pose as tax service technical support professionals to steal personal information. After a computer is compromised, the criminals use the information such as Social Security numbers or bank information to initiate funds transfers or wire transfers.
The IRS, state and industry groups issue regular advisories warning taxpayers to remain vigilant and be aware of evolving tax fraud schemes. The IRS saw a significant increase in phishing attempts – approximately twice that of 2017. Some emails display the IRS logo. However, the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.
To help prevent cyber fraud:
- Never respond to email requests for personal or financial information even if it appears to be internal without first validated the request either in person or by telephone using a known telephone number with the sender.
- Never click on links or open attachments from email addresses you do not recognize to help avoid intruding malware into your computer system.
- Never reply to such emails; doing so could provide criminals with additional information.
Taxpayers are encouraged to report suspicious emails purporting to be from the IRS by forwarding the enter email to: email@example.com. Then delete the original email. If you suspect you have been a victim of identity theft or have questions about data breaches and your taxes, the IRS has additional information available at irs.gov/newsroom/taxpayer-guide-to-identity-theft.
20 Middlebush Road
Wappingers Falls NY, 12590
Lee Anne Fresno, Receiver of Taxes
Fax: (845) 298-1478
Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm