Hon. Theresa A. Kiernan, Receiver of Taxes
Gloria J. Palmore, Deputy Tax Receiver
116 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968
Telephone: (631) 702-2470
Fax: (631) 287-5732
Tax Receiver FAQ's
Property owners are responsible for ensuring
that our office has their accurate mailing address on file.
Requests to change a mailing address may be made online
by using the Tax Receiver Information Change Form.
**2013-2014 IMPORTANT INFORMATION**
Taxes are payable by cash, checks (payable to RECEIVER OF TAXES) drawn on a US bank, money order valid in US banking system and subject to collection, or online by credit cards and ACH (fees apply). Checks and ACH transactions returned by your bank for any reason will cancel your tax payment.
IN PERSON: Taxes may be paid at the following locations during their regular business hours. When paying in person, please bring your entire bill and it will be receipted.
• Office of the Tax Receiver, 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, 8:30am – 4:00pm.
• Suffolk County National Bank in Southampton, Hampton Bays, Sag Harbor, and Westhampton Beach.
MAIL: Please send only the stub portion of the bill with your payment. The MAILING ADDRESS for ALL payments and correspondence is 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968.
ONLINE SERVICES: To view, print and/or pay your tax bill online, please visit our website at www.southamptontownny.gov and click on the link “View or Pay Your Taxes Online” located at the right side of the page. We accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa cards, and a convenience fee of 2% will be applied to all credit card transactions. We accept ACH payments online for a $1.00 processing fee.
DECEMBER 1, 2013: Taxes become a lien. By law, our office is not permitted to mail tax bills or collect payments until the Suffolk County Legislature approves the Tax Warrant, which typically occurs after this date. Under NY State Law, non-receipt of a tax bill will not extend the penalty free period.
DECEMBER 24, 2013 AND DECEMBER 31, 2013: Our office will close at noon on each of these days in observance of Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.
JANUARY 10, 2014: First half tax payments must be paid by this date in order to avoid penalty charges.
MARCH 1, 2014: Property owners filing for new tax exemptions or renewing existing exemptions must submit their applications to the Assessor’s Office by this date in order for exemptions to be applied to the December 2014 tax billing. Information regarding all exemption programs may be obtained from the Town Assessor.
MARCH 5, 2014: Notice of unpaid taxes are mailed to all property owners who, according to our records, have not yet paid the first half taxes that were due by January 10.
MAY 6, 2014: Courtesy second half reminder notices are mailed to all property owners who, according to our records, have paid their first half taxes but still owe second half. Property owners with escrow accounts through their mortgage banks are not notified.
MAY 31, 2014: Second half tax payments are due by this date. Because this date is a Saturday in 2014, we will accept payments through June 2, 2014. By law, our office is not permitted to accept payments beyond this date and taxes will become payable to the Suffolk County Treasurer with interest and penalties.
DECEMBER 2014: Unless otherwise requested, the Official receipt of paid property taxes will appear on your new tax bill as “Prior Year Tax Information”.
FROM THE NYS DEPT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE: All homeowners receiving a Basic STAR property tax exemption must register with the NYS Tax Dept. in order to receive the exemption in year 2014 and after. The STAR exemption is available for owner-occupied primary residences where the combined income of resident owners and their spouses is $500,000 or less. The deadline to register is December 31, 2013 in order to continue receiving this exemption. Enhanced STAR recipients are not affected by this new requirement. Please visit their website at www.tax.ny.gov or call (518) 457-2036 for more information and to register.
PARTIAL PAYMENTS: We accept partial payments as per Suffolk County Resolution 551-2001 and must be a minimum of $200.
POSTMARK DATE ON TAX PAYMENTS MAILED: Tax payments sent via mail are accepted by the USPS postmarked date on the envelope. A private metered postmark is not acceptable. It is suggested that a taxpayer making a tax payment by mail near a deadline date should send the payment by registered or certified mail return receipt requested.
MORTGAGE PARCELS: Most mortgages include an escrow account for payment of taxes. If a property owner satisfies a mortgage in mid tax year, the property owner should check with the Tax Receiver to determine if the bank paid the total tax. The bank will not necessarily forward tax payment information to the property owner after the mortgage is satisfied. The property owner will be liable for late payment of taxes.
PROPERTY LOCATION: The upper left hand corner of your tax bill entitled “PROPERTY LOCATION” contains your official street address and house number. Chapter 239 of the Southampton Town Code requires that all Town residences display house numbers so that they are clearly visible from the street. Posting your house number is essential for the prompt delivery of emergency services.
REAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS: You may be eligible for a senior citizen tax exemption. First time senior citizens have until March 1, 2014 to apply for such exemptions. For more information, please call the Town Assessor’s office at (631) 283-6020.
FROM THE VETERANS SERVICE AGENCY: Applications for the NY State tax exemption for Veterans, or certain members of their family, must be filed by March 1, 2014. For more information, please call the Town Assessor’s office at (631) 283-6020.
FROM THE TOWN FIRE MARSHAL: The Town of Southampton relies on Volunteer firefighters to provide fire protection. With many homes and businesses having automatic smoke/fire alarms, they are often called to scenes where access to the building is necessary but not readily available. The firefighters are then faced with the decision to forcibly enter the building or wait, not knowing if a fire is growing. Installing a key box is a safe alternative that allows the firefighters to enter without causing damage. All local Fire departments are able to use the Knox box system. For more information, visit the website at www.knoxbox.com or call the Fire Marshal at (631) 702-2919.