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, Patty Quartier, Joyce Lansing
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 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.
School Tax Collection Schedule
September 6, 2106 - October 5, 2016 - No penalty (The Tax Office will be open on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9 am - 1 pm)
October 6, 2016 - October 31, 2016 - 2% penalty
Payment must be made to the County after October 31, 2016
November 1, 2016 - November 18, 2016 - 5%
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:
- Property Tax Information Search (on left of screen)
- To search Onondaga County Property Information: click here
- Use drop down to key in Dewitt and put in tax map number (Do not fill in every field: it is almost certain to backfire. The next best alternative to the tax map number is to put in the street name with no suffix. A list of choices will come up and the correct street can be chosen. From the list of all properties on the street, the property in question can be selected.)
5. The property tax bills available for display are shown on the right side of the screen.
Directions to Town Hall
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