OFFICE of the tax receIver
PAYMENT OF 2017-18 VILLAGE PROPERTY TAXES
The 2017-18 Village property tax bills have been mailed as of May 31, 2017. Payment will be taken until noon, December 29, 2017 at Village Hall.
Pursuant to New York State law, Village taxes are due and payable between June 1, 2017, and July 1, 2017, inclusive, without penalty. Payments may be made by mail, online (by check or credit card) and in person at Village Hall, 369 Neighborhood Road, Mastic Beach, New York 11951 (between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday except for holidays).
Effective July 2, 2017, penalties and fees for unpaid taxes are 5% during the month of July 2017 and 1% for each month thereafter.
All Village taxes and fees unpaid as of October 1, 2017, will be transmitted to the Town of Brookhaven Assessor's Office for collection on the 2017-18 Brookhaven Town tax bill with potential, additional penalties, fines and interest added.
ASSERTIONS THAT VILLAGE TAXES NEED NOT BE PAID DURING THE DISSOLUTION PROCESS ARE FALSE.
Additionally, as required by New York State law, the Board of Trustees in April 2017 was required to adopt a full year’s budget for the new fiscal year that commenced on June 1, 2017. The law does not permit the proration of Village tax bills. Accordingly, any and all unencumbered funds that may be available after the Village’s dissolution date (December 31, 2017) will be used to reduce the Village’s debt (most notably to pay off scheduled bond principal and interest payments resulting from the purchase several years ago of the Village Hall building and to settle pending litigation against the Village). Unencumbered funds are those that may be available after all outstanding bills received after January 1, 2018, for expenses the Village incurred on or before December 31, 2017, are paid.
Dated: May 31, 2017
Revised: June 2, 2017
Revised: November 15, 2017
MONDAY – FRIDAY: 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
(incoming calls being accepted until 4:30 p.m. - except weekends & holidays)
Telephone: 631-281-2326 extENSIONs 303 and 305
A FRIENDLY REMINDER FROM The INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF MASTIC BEACH TAX RECEIVER
On the first of each month, the new interest will be posted to all delinquent taxes. Please ensure that you have included the correct penalty and interest when paying your delinquent taxes. NOTICE: All incorrect payments will be returned.
Village residents pay taxes both to the Village and the Town of Brookhaven. Town taxes are paid separately. Village properties are assessed by the Town of Brookhaven Assessor's Office in Town Hall. Advance payment of taxes is not accepted. Penalties for late payments are required by law.
TENTATIVE TAX-ASSESSMENT ROLL
The Village's tentative tax-assessment roll for 2016 is available for viewing here.
Responsibility of Property Owner
The annual Village taxes are due June 1 and payable without penalty until July 1 every year. According to New York State Real Property Tax Law, Section 922, PAYMENT OF TAXES ON A TIMELY BASIS IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PROPERTY OWNER EVEN IF A TAX BILL HAS NOT BEEN RECEIVED. The property owner will be liable for all penalties and interest on late payments. As tax bills are sent out in June, any person who purchases property in Suffolk County during the year should determine if the tax bill is paid. Taxes may be paid by cash (exact amount), money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or check, subject to collection. Checks returned by the bank for any reason will automatically cancel the tax payment. Returned checks will not be re-deposited. There will be a $20.00 charge for any check returned unpaid by the bank.
The Tax Receiver’s Office will mail out receipts only upon request.
For taxes paid after July 1, a 5% penalty will be added for the first month with an additional 1% penalty for each month thereafter.
Payment of taxes sent in the mail can only be recorded as received on the date postmarked from a U.S. Post Office. A METERED POSTMARK IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. It is suggested that a taxpayer paying by mail near a deadline date send payment by registered mail or certified mail, return receipt requested, or have the envelope hand stamped at the local post-office window.
Most mortgages include an escrow account for payment of taxes. If you satisfy your mortgage mid-year, AS THE PROPERTY OWNER IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO VERIFY WITH THE VILLAGE THE AMOUNT PAID BY THE BANK. The bank will not necessarily forward a tax bill to the property owner after a mortgage has been satisfied. The owner will be liable for penalty and interest on a late payment even if the bank did not forward a bill.
Third-Party Notification for Elderly and Disabled Homeowners
If you are either 65 years of age or older, or disabled, and you own and occupy a one-, two-, or three-family residence, you may designate a consenting adult to serve as a third party to receive duplicate copies of your tax bills and notices of unpaid taxes until further notice. Applications may be obtained in person from Village Hall, or by mail if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Applications for third-party notifications must have been filed with the Village Tax-Receiver not later than December 31st.
The New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR) provides a partial exemption from school taxes ONLY for OWNER-OCCUPIED homes.
Anyone who purchases improved property in Suffolk County should question if there was any tax exemption granted to the previous owner, such as veterans’ or senior-citizen exemptions. These exemption would not pass on to the new owner, and the tax could change considerably when the exemption is removed from the property tax bill.
The following forms are available at: www.tax.ny.gov/forms/orpts/exemption.htm
This exemption is limited to the primary residence and is available to honorably-discharged veterans who served during a period of war. A copy of the DD-214 (discharge papers) must be included with the application, and the application must be filed with the Town of Brookhaven. The Village of Mastic Beach will honor the exemption once granted by the Town of Brookhaven. For further information, contact Suffolk County Veterans’ Service Agency, County Center, Riverhead, NY 11901 (631-852-1410).
Firefighters’/Ambulance Workers’ Exemption
This exemption is limited to the primary residence and is available to property owners who are 65 years of age or older and who meet certain income requirements. Check with the Village Tax Assessor to see what the current income requirements are. For your convenience, you may download the instructions, a first-time application or a renewal application here. This is a standard New York State form and can be submitted to both the Village of Mastic Beach and the Town of Brookhaven. A RENEWAL FORM MUST BE FILED WITH THE VILLAGE OF MASTIC BEACH EACH YEAR BY DECEMBER 1st. Failure to file will result in the cancellation or denial of your exemption, in accordance with New York State Real Property Tax Law 467. Please see below for further requirements.
Those who meet certain criteria may apply for a partial-tax exemption. You may download the application and instructions from our website and mail them between August 1st and December 31st to apply for the following June tax bill.
Applications must be filed by December 1 for the following June tax bill. Applications must be renewed YEARLY.
For initial applications, kindly submit:
Proof of Age
All owners must be 65 years or older (except with husband and wife, or siblings, in which case only one owner needs to be 65).
Primary / Permanent Residence
Property must be the primary (permanent) residence and owner occupied. Property cannot be used for anything other than the legal residence.
Proof of Ownership
Deed must be presented as proof of ownership. A description of the property and tax-map number must conform to the latest assessment roll. Applicants must have owned the property for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the date of filing the application.
Proof of Income
Income of all owners, including spouses, must not exceed the limit of $37,400 and will result in a percentage assessed value exemption based on a sliding scale. Income (of all owners plus spouses) consists of but is not limited to: Social Security, pension, wages, dividends, interest on accounts, alimony, disability payments, workers’ compensation, rent collected, etc. A copy of the SSA-1099 Social Security Benefits form must be submitted. All inheritances and gifts must be itemized. The source of donors should be noted. For seniors who do not file an income tax return: Form 4506-t needs to be completed and sent to the IRS for verification of non-filing.
Incorporated Village of Mastic Beach
369 Neighborhood Road
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Telephone: (631) 281-2326
Village Tax Rate / $100 Assessed
Change of Address
It is the responsibility of the property owner to notify the Village Tax Receiver when he/she has a change of mailing address.
Grievance Day is held on the third Tuesday in February. Grievances are heard on a first-come, first-served basis. You may download the application here as well as the Grievance Fact Sheet, and the Grievance Booklet. For SCARs or Article 7s, an original and two copies need to be submitted.
Please view the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Village Hall at 631-281-2326 ext. 305 with any questions.