The Receiver of Taxes collects Property Taxes in January. Bills are mailed out mid-January, and are due Feb. 28th without penalty. if paid after Feb. 28, a 2% penalty is added thru May 31st. from June 1st thru August 31st, there s a 4% penalty, plus a $2.00 Fee added. On September 1st, all unpaid taxes are turned over to Dutchess County.
The office also collects School Taxes for the Wappinger Central School District. School tax bills are mailed out mid-September. The due date which is set by the School District is specified on the tax bill. After the due date, a 2% penalty is due until the end of collection which is the first week of November. All unpaid School Tax bills are turned over to Dutchess County where they may be paid until the first week of December, or the re-levy date. After that date, all unpaid amounts are carried over to the next years Property Tax bill with a 7% penalty.
Payments can be made in person at the Tax Office by cash or check, and by mail to Receiver of Taxes, 20 Middlebush Rd., Wappingers Falls NY 12590.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I pay my taxes in installments?
Yes, Property Tax only can be paid in installments as shown on the bill. No penalty on installments made on or before the due date of 2/28. 2% penalty added to installment made between March 1st and May 31st. 4% penalty added to installments made between June 1st thru August 31st.
School Tax bills must be paid in full in one payment.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Where can I find the most up-to-date tax information?
Current tax information is available at http://www.egov.basgov.com