New York State Real Property Tax law section 925 states:
if payment for the amount of any taxes on real property, accompanied by the statement of such taxes, is enclosed in a postpaid wrapper properly addressed to the appropriate collecting officer and is deposited in a post office or official depository under the exclusive care and custody of the United States postal service, such payment shall, upon delivery, be deemed to have been made to such officer on the date of the United States postmark on such wrapper. If the postmark does not appear on such wrapper or the postmark is illegible such payment shall be deemed to have been made on the date of delivery to such collecting officer.
tl;dr: payments received without a US postmark or with a postage meter mark will be marked received on the day they are delivered to our office.
This is of particular importance at or near the due dates. If your envelope arrives after a due date and lacks an USPS postmark, you will be liable for the applicable interest. To avoid this, we highly recommend that you go into a USPS branch and ask that they postmark your envelope while you watch.
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New York State Real Property Tax Law 922(3) states that property owners are responsible for all property taxes and any applicable interest whether or not the bill is received.
If you have not received your bill, please complete the form found here or call 784-5240. Tax information is also available 24/7 at the Monroe County website.
PLEASE NOTE - If your taxes are held in escrow, your bill will be forwarded directly to your lender.
The bill amounts are generally available by January 1 / September 1, but we have created a Tax Bill Availability mailing list allowing you to be notified by email or text as soon as they are available. Sign up: https://www.townofbrighton.org/list.aspx
In the ongoing effort to keep costs down, we do not automatically mail a receipt for all received tax payments. New York State law requires that receipts be sent to all property owners whose taxes are in escrow, but we do not otherwise mail any receipts unless specifically requested by checking the box on the payment stub.
You are always able request a copy of your receipt be emailed to you by completing a Tax Receipt Request form.
Any time a due date falls on a day when Town Offices are closed, payments will be considered timely on the next business day without any penalty or additional interest due. We also now have a payment drop box located at the rear of Town Hall at Entrance #9 that is available 24/7.
Any property owner can designate another person to receive a duplicate copy of their tax bill by completing the Change Request for Tax Bill form. We will mail or email a copy of the bill to that individual.
Yes.....However, at this time you can only do so at the Monroe County website.
Please note that the service charge has been restored for the 2021 Town & County taxes. Monroe County’s vendor will charge a 2.75% convenience fee for all credit card payments.
If you have paid off your mortgage, please complete the Change Request for Tax Bill form let us know to send future bills directly to your billing address.
Important reminder - Property owners are responsible for the tax bill and any applicable interest whether or not they receive a bill, so please make sure and let us know.
Unfortunately, M&T Bank is no longer in a position to accept tax payments on our behalf. If you are not able to make it into our office during business hours, please utilize one of our payment drop boxes.
We strongly advise AGAINST using online bill pay for your taxes. The banks still mail us a physical check when you submit your online request. The companies that print and mail checks for the banks use a different class of mail that DOES NOT receive a USPS postmark. If a payment arrives after the due date, the lack of USPS postmark will result in it being late and you would be liable for interest on those payments received after the due date.
We have prepared this primer on the perils of using online bill pay.