GRIEVANCE DAY 5/26/2020: CALL 695-8597 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SPEAK WITH THE BOARD MEMBERS REGARDING YOUR GRIEVANCE ON 5/26/2020 (695-8597). WE WILL BE ACCEPTING FORMS UNTIL 5/26/2020 BY MAIL OR THE DROP BOX AT THE FRONT OF CITY HALL.
City Hall is closed to the Public. To pay your City Tax bill, you can pay online, mail or use the front mail drop box. (Top of the front steps on the parking lot side. Mail drop box is on the right side of the building)
CENSUS letters are out. They never ask for your Social Security number, please respond to the Census online or telephone. Census takers can not come to your home due to the Covid 19 virus.
The North Tonawanda April, 2020 City Tax Rate is $13.875967 per thousand of assessment.
FEBRUARY 2020 COUNTY TAX RATE: $9.273391 COUNTY REFUSE: $.081706=$9.355097
5/1/2020 TENTATIVE ASSESSMENT ROLL IS COMPLETE AND AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES: WWW.NORTHTONAWANADA.ORG UNDER THE DEPARTMENTS OF THE CITY/CLERK TREASURER AND THE ASSESSOR'S. ALSO POSTED AT NIAGARA COUNTY REAL PROPERTY TAX SERVICES: NIAGARACOUNTY.COM/REALPROPERTY.
IF YOU ARE PURCHASING A HOME IN NORTH TONAWANDA, PLEASE CALL THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE AND CHECK TO SEE IF THE OWNER HAS EXEMPTIONS THAT WILL BE PRO-RATED; WHICH MEANS YOU AS THE PURCHASER HAVE TO PAY PART OF THE EXEMPTIONS BACK BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO THE THEM. IF THE PROPERTY IS AN ESTATE, THE REMAINDERMEN ARE RESPONSIBLE TO PAY BACK PART OF THE PRO- RATAS UP TO THE CLOSING DATE. PLEASE ASK YOUR ATTORNEY AND REALTOR TO CHECK THE EXEMPTIONS.
WATCH OUT FOR SCAMS. IRS CALLS SAYING YOU OWE MONEY. DO NOT RESPOND. IF ANYONE ASKS FOR YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER (NEVER GIVE IT OUT), OR BANK NUMBERS, OR CREDIT CARD NUMBERS. THERE IS A CENSUS BEING DONE FOR 2020. IF YOU RECEIVE A LETTER FROM THE 2020 CENSUS BUREAU, MAKE SURE YOU ARE FILLING OUT THE LEGIT FORMS. YOU CAN ALSO FILE ONLINE. THE CENSUS BUREAU WILL NEVER ASK FOR S.S. NUMBERS. THEY WILL ALSO SEND A RETURN ENVELOPE.
IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM N.Y.S. REGARDING THE STAR CREDIT OR TAX FREEZE CREDIT, PLEASE CALLTHE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE SO WE CAN ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS CORRECTLY.
WILL YOU BE 65 BY DECEMBER 31, 2021 AND CURRENTLY HAVE BASIC STAR WITH US. IF SO; YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO THE ENHANCED STAR EXEMPTION. (INCOME CAP IS $88,050) USING 2019 INCOME. CALL US FOR DETAILS. APPLY BY TAXABLE STATUS DATE (MARCH 1, 2021).
2021 ENHANCED STAR SENIORS ON THE "INCOME VERIFICATION PROGRAM" (IVP) WITH NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE. THE STATE WILL CONTACT YOU IF THERE IS A PROBLEM VERIFYING YOUR INCOME FROM YOUR 2019 TAX RETURN. IF YOU DO NOT FILE A TAX RETURN,THEY WILL CONTACT YOU WITH A LETTER THAT YOU SHOULD REPLY TO WITHIN 5 DAYS. EXEMPTION APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY TAXABLE STATUS DATE WHICH IS (MARCH 1st, 2021).
IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING BASIC & ENHANCED STAR
AS OF MARCH 2nd, 2015 NEW HOMEOWNERS WILL NO LONGER APPLY TO THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE FOR THE BASIC & ENHANCED STAR.YOU NEED TO APPLY WITH NEW YORK STATE. IF YOU ARE LOW INCOME SENIOR (65) INCOME CAPS AT ($28,499.99) OR ON DISABILITY (CAPS AT 26,899.99) OR A VETERAN; YOU NEED TO APPLY IN THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE.
IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A CHECK FOR STAR FROM NYS, REGISTER ONLINE www.tax.ny.gov/star If you are having trouble, put the website in the URL (address box) OR CALL: 1-518-457-2036 PLEASE REGISTER early to receive a Check from N.Y.S. by September, but you still have to December 31st to apply. The check can be used as a third party check to pay the school tax bill in the Treasurer's Office unless you have an escrow account with your bank. SOME BANKS ARE EXCEPTING THE CHECKS FOR YOUR ESCROW ACCOUNT.