Are there rules about mailing my payments?


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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1. I didn't receive my tax bill. What should I do?
2. Is the amount of my tax bill available yet?
3. How can I get a copy of my tax receipt?
4. What if the due date falls on a weekend?
5. What is the difference between the STAR exemption and the STAR credit?
6. Do I qualify for the Enhanced STAR exemption?
7. Can I pay my taxes with a credit card?
8. I paid off my mortgage. What now?
9. Are there rules about mailing my payments?
10. Is it true that I am not allowed to use online bill pay for taxes?
11. Can I pay my taxes in person anywhere other than Town Hall?
12. I am helping care for a relative. Can I get a copy of their tax bill?