Angela Epolito, Tax Receiver and Town Clerk
5400 Butternut Dr.
East Syracuse, New York 13057-8509
Phone: (315) 446- 3910 x 7
Fax: (315) 449-2065
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Staff: Michelle Smith, Dominique Harris, Patty Quartier
Pay Your Taxes Online by Credit Card or Check here: Online - For best results when looking up your tax bill, use last name only for your search.
There is a 2.85% + .60 service charge for Credit Cards and a $2.00 service charge for online check payments. Please note, the limit for online payments is $7,500.00.
Tax Department Description and Responsibilities
The Tax Department is responsible for the collection of property taxes levied on the approximately 11,000 parcels located in the Town of Dewitt. This includes the September collection of School Taxes for the three school districts that cover portions of the town, and the January collection of Town and County Taxes. Inquiries regarding tax bills and payments are handled by the department’s staff.
The Tax Department also collects payments of water bills on behalf of the Town of Dewitt Water Department.
The School Tax bills will be mailed out at the beginning of September and Town & County Tax bills will be mailed out at the end of December to property owners without escrow accounts.While the Town of DeWitt Tax Office makes every effort to ensure property owners receive their tax bill, it is the responsibility of the property owner to know when taxes are due and payable.
REAL PROPERTY TAX LAW §922
3. The failure to mail any such statement, or the failure of any such owner to receive the same, shall not in any way affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by law with respect thereto.
L. 1958, c. 959, eff. Oct. 1, 1959
If your bill was requested by a bank, the tax information was sent to the bank and not to your home. If you did not receive a bill and believe you should have, please contact the Tax Department so a copy can be sent to you.
In addition, neither the Receiver of Taxes nor any other official has legal authority to waive statutory interest charges. Interest charges are fixed by the Real Property Tax Law.
Tax exemptions, including the STAR, are handled through the Assessor's Department. For Basic Star Questions, please contact New York State at (518)457-2036.
Tax Payments are accepted by mail or in person at the DeWitt Tax Office. (Please note: the Tax Office is located on the second floor). Payments accepted in person are cash, check or money order. Payments made by mail should be check or money order. Please do not send cash through the mail. The mailing address is: DeWitt Tax Office; 5400 Butternut Dr., East Syracuse NY 13057. IF you pay by mail, the US, UPS, FedEx postmarks will be used as date of receipt. A postage meter cancellation is not acceptable.
Town & County Tax Collection Schedule
December 27, 2107 - January 31, 2018 - No penalty (The Tax Office will be open on Saturday,January 27, 2018 from 9 am - 1 pm)
February 1, 2018 - February 28, 2018 - 1% penalty
March 1, 2018 - March 14, 2018 - 1.5% penalty
March 15, 2018 - April 1, 2018 - 1.5% plus $1.00
Payment must be made to the County after April 1, 2018.
Beginning April 2, 2018 - 6%
To assist residents who are elderly and/or disabled, third party notification of tax bills is offered. Property owners who are disabled or 65 years of age or older, and own a one, two, or three family home, may designate an adult consenting third party to receive duplicate copies of tax bills and notices of unpaid taxes. In order to receive this service, one must fill out a third party notification form RP-923 (link), or is available in the Tax Office.
Many residents have their taxes escrowed with lending institutions. The Tax Office updates bank codes prior to each billing cycle. It is the lending institution's responsibility to notify this office of any additions or deletions of accounts. Many banks contract with Tax Service Organizations (TSOs), which are agencies that service escrow accounts for the banks. These organizations provide us with a listing of their customers and their identifying account numbers. In the event that a resident received a bill that should have gone to the bank, it is still the responsibility of the bank to call for that bill. If the bill should have gone to the homeowner, but went to the bank, it is the homeowner's responsibility to know that taxes are due. Directions for obtaining a duplicate tax bill is below. 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. (New York State Real Property Tax Law §922).
If you did not receive a bill and believe you should have, please follow the directions below to obtain a duplicate bill.
Directions for Obtaining Tax Bills from the Onondaga County Website
Open Onondaga County Real Property Tax Services Home Page. Follow the prompts to:
- 2018 Town/County Tax Bills (on right of screen)
- Fill in property address or select new property search to locate your property by tax map number or mailing address.
4. The property tax bill is available for display or printing in pdf format.
Directions to Town Hall
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