If you have received a tax bill and no longer own the property, you can either forward it to the new owner(s) or return it to the Tax Office with the new owner(s) name as soon as possible with OPEN IMMEDIATELY on the envelope.
Applications for veteran, disability, senior citizen or STAR are due by March 1. For further information, please call the Tompkins County Assessment Department at 607-274-5517.
Unpaid Prior Taxes:
If taxes from one or more prior levies remained due and owing when the statement of taxes was prepared, payment of the arrears should be made to Tompkins County Department of Budget and Finance, 125 East Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Phone: 607-274-5545 to determine the amount in arrears. Continued failure to pay all of the taxes levied against the property will result in your loss of the property.
Taxes in Escrow
Many residents have their taxes escrowed with lending institutions. The county updates bank codes prior to each billing cycle. It is the lending intuition's responsibility to notify the county of any additions or deletions of accounts. Many banks contract with Tax Service Organizations (TSOs), which are agencies that service escrow accounts for banks. These organizations provide us with listings of their customers and their identifying account numbers. In the event that a resident receives 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 the taxes are due. Please call our office immediately and we will issue you a duplicate bill. 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 feel you should have received a bill, but have not during the first week of January, please contact this office for a duplicate bill.