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Town Offers Solutions To Managing Tax Bills

In response to approximately ten reports from residents of Farmingdale not receiving a first-half school tax bill, staff members from the Village of Farmingdale made the suggestion to residents to refer discrepancies to the Town of Oyster Bay Receiver of Taxes office.

As of press time, James Stefanich, Town of Oyster Bay Receiver of Taxes, was unable to be reached for comment. A member of the tax office staff did not confirm any surge in calls received from residents. One resident’s suggestion that the bills may have been delayed in the post office was unfounded.

The Town of Oyster Bay’s website offers many solutions for receiving a copy of a bill, and suggestions for various methods for paying a bill on time.

The town offers on-line access to view tax bills and make payments.

The following information is available on the Town’s website:

On your initial visit to the website, you will be required to register and verify the property or properties…up to two…for which you will be paying taxes. A valid e-mail address will be required so you can receive an email confirming your registration. Once you have registered, just follow the directions for paying your taxes. You can use either Master Card, Visa, American Express, Discover or a personal checking account for payment. Please note there is a service fee involved if you choose to pay your taxes online. New York State law mandates that the Town of Oyster Bay receives no portion of the service fee - this fee is retained by the payment processing vendors enabling the transaction.

Town and school taxes are payable quarterly to James J. Stefanich, Receiver of Taxes, starting January 1. There is a 40-day penalty-free period between the due date and penalty date. If you miss the last day to pay without penalty, you will be charged a penalty retroactive to the original due date.

The School Tax bill, which includes both payment stubs, is mailed in October. If you have a mortgage, your tax bills will be sent directly to your lending institution.

School Tax 1st half due October 1, payments accepted without penalty until November 10. School Tax 2nd half due April 1st, payments accepted without penalty until May 10.

Only residents who directly pay their taxes and mark the check-off box of their second half tax stub will receive receipts. The tax receipts for the School Tax are mailed to residents during the latter part of June.

All residents who have their taxes paid by lending institutions will receive four tax receipts. These receipts will be mailed in February, June, September, and November.

Residents who pay both halves of the School Tax before the first half due date will receive their receipt in January.

Taxes can also be paid by any of the following methods:

On selected dates, as advertised in advance (usually starting 5 business days before the final due date), you can pay in-person by check (cash not accepted) at the Receiver of Taxes’ Hicksville Annex, located in the William P. Bennett Hicksville Community Center, 28 W. Carl Street, just off Broadway north of Old Country Road.

When paying your taxes in-person, bring your entire tax bill (bill and stubs) with you. A staff member of the Receiver of Taxes will record your payment on the actual tax bill.

You can mail payments to the Receiver of Taxes, Oyster Bay Town Hall West, 74 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY 11771-1539. You may also pay in-person there, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., by cash or check.

If you prefer, you can pay in-person by check (cash not accepted) at the Receiver of Taxes counter located in the Office of Town Clerk, Town Hall South, 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa.

Additional information is available online about general tax bills. Tax office staff members are available by phone at (516) 624-6400.