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Town Announces Tax Payment Options

As the deadline for paying the second half 2011-2012 school taxes approaches, Receiver of Taxes Donald Clavin is offering a variety of payment options for taxpayers. Individuals who prefer to make payments in person can go to the town's two satellite offices, the mobile tax office and the EZ-Pay drive thru payment windows located behind the Town Receiver's office in Hempstead. In addition, tax bills can be paid by credit card or e-check, online or via telephone. Tax payments received or postmarked by May 10 will be penalty-free.

The E-Z Pay drive thru payment windows will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 1-4 and May 7-10. Only checks and money order payments are accepted at this facility.

A convenience fee of 2.5 percent of the total tax payment will be incurred for credit card payments. A flat fee of $2 will be charged for electronic check payments. Hempstead Town receives no portion of these fees.

Office hours at the main tax office, located at 200 North Franklin St. in Hempstead, will be extended during peak collection times. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 1-4 and May 7-10. The main office accepts all forms of payment and can provide taxpayers with assistance regarding account inquiries.

The town's two satellite offices are located at Rock Hall Museum (199 Broadway in Lawrence) and Levittown Hall (201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville). The satellite offices will be open to receive tax payments (checks and money orders only) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 4 and May 7-10. 

The mobile tax office will visit the following locations from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.:

  • Tuesday, May 1: Merrick Senior Center, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick
  • Wednesday, May 2: Town Parking Lot O-3 , Davison Ave., Oceanside
  • Thursday, May 3: Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont
  • Friday, May 4: Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Place, Franklin Square

Taxpayers should bring their entire tax bill when making payments in person. Tax stubs should not be detached from the bill. For further information visit the town's website or contact the Office of Receiver of Taxes at (516) 538-1500.  

Brian Levy April 09, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Terry, you are correct, the first half bill was due Oct 1 and provides a stub for the second half now due. Although the first half was "due" Oct 1, 2011 the post mark is dated Oct 4, 2011 and I probably received it one or two days later. This administrative delay is further duplicated for our General Tax bills which are mailed out (late) in alternating quarters. I realize they give us 40 days 'without penalty' but the county and the town have these big computers and very talented personnel, if they won't fix this built in delay - its really a joke.
Robert Demarco April 09, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I would think that the cost of an online option via a credit card would carry a fee to be paid by the taxpayer, ala the IRS.
Robert Demarco April 09, 2012 at 12:14 PM
You got it, Jon. Its all about self-promotion at Town Hall.
An tUasal Airgead April 09, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Taxpayers using credit cards will incur a convenience fee of 2.5% of their total tax payment. A flat fee of $2.00 will be charged for electronic check payments. http://townofhempstead.org/online-tax-payments
Jon L. April 10, 2012 at 02:35 AM
I had someone tell me that the bill is not 'due' until May 10th, corrected them and explined the difference between due and penalty free. It was lost on that person. She happeded to identify herself as 'Angie' and claimed to be a deputy, I laughed at her not understanding.


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