Dear Rye Brook Resident:
I hope you are having an enjoyable holiday season.
As you are aware, last week Congress passed and President Trump signed a new tax law. One of the provisions of this new law reduces the amount of state and local tax deductions allowable in 2018 and onward.
In response to the new tax law, last Friday, December 22nd, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order which seeks to allow property owners to pre-pay their property taxes (including some that would ordinarily be due in 2018) before the end of 2017. Theoretically, this may let you deduct property tax payments on your 2017 tax return, rather than on your 2018 tax return, where there will be a limit on these types of deductions.
All Village of Rye Brook, Blind Brook School District, Port Chester School District, and County taxes are collected by the Town of Rye Receiver of Taxes (Nicholas Mecca). We have been in touch with Town Supervisor Gary Zuckerman, and he has confirmed that the Town of Rye intends to take the steps permitted under existing law and the Governor’s Executive Order to allow its property owners to pre-pay their 2018 property taxes either online (instructions below), in person, or by mail. Online instructions are as follows:
SCHOOL TAXES: The Town Receiver of Taxes will accept the second half of the 2017-18 school taxes (normally due January 31, 2018) before December 31, 2017. You may locate your bill on the Town website, www.townofryeny.com and click “Make a Payment”. Then click on “Town & County and School Payments”. You will then need to set up an account, and identify your property.
Please note that the Town has informed us that payment of school taxes that relate to the future fiscal year that runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 and for which a budget has not been adopted will not be accepted before the end of this year.
VILLAGE TAXES: The Town Receiver of Taxes will accept the second installment of 2017-18 Village taxes (normally due February 28, 2018) before December 31, 2017. You may locate your bill on the Town website, www.townofryeny.com and click “Make a Payment”. Then click on “Rye Brook Payments”. You will then need to set up an account, and identify your property.
Please note that unfortunately, due to system limitations, to pay your Village taxes, you will need to set up a separate account with a separate user name then the account you set up for school taxes.
TOWN TAXES: The Town of Rye 2018 tax bill should be the same except for possible differences in assessed value year to year. Property owners may pay the same amount of Town taxes that were paid in April 2017. Follow the instructions above in the School Taxes section of this email.
COUNTY TAXES: Unfortunately, Westchester County will not allow the pre-payment of 2018 taxes at this time.
PLEASE NOTE: Any discrepancy in the amount of Town prepaid tax payments will be adjusted in or about April 2018.
If you wish to pre-pay your taxes in person, or by regular mail, please note the following instructions:
You may pre-pay the taxes as per above in person at Town Hall (222 Grace Church Street, Port Chester, NY 10573) until the close of business (4:00 p.m.) on Friday, December 29, 2017
You may mail your tax pre-payments (payments to be sent to the Receiver of Taxes at 222 Grace Church Street, Port Chester, NY 10573) provided they are postmarked as of December 31, 2017
All questions may be directed to the Receiver of Taxes at (914) 939-3558.
If you escrow taxes through a financial institution or mortgage servicer, you are encouraged to contact your lender to make arrangements relative to payment of these taxes as provided in the Executive Order.
Although the Town of Rye is proceeding with tax collection as permitted in the Governor’s Executive Order, the Village and Town offer no opinion concerning the ultimate deductibility of any taxes paid for federal tax purposes. Property owners should consult with their own tax professionals for guidance with regard to the federal tax implications associated with these payments.
This is a rapidly-evolving situation, and the Village and Town will make every effort to update its residents as necessary.
Paul S. Rosenberg
Mayor, Village of Rye Brook
938 King Street
Rye Brook, New York 10573
Phone (914) 939-1121 | Fax ( (914) 939-0242| Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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