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2020-21 Update

In an effort to control the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our residents and employees, Broome County Real Property will no longer offer off-site collection for school or property tax payments in any of the towns. Off-site tax collection offices will be centralized at the Oakdale Mall, former Sears building and the Broome County Office, Edwin L. Crawford Building. Both locations will have a drop-box available for payments as well. The former Sears location will open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm for collection of current taxes only, September and October for school tax payments and January through March for property tax payments, for the districts and towns that Broome County Real Property collects taxes for.

The Broome County Office location will continue to collect both current and delinquent taxes year-round.

These changes take effect September 1, 2020 and will apply to the following school districts: Binghamton City School and Sunrise Terrace, Chenango Forks, Chenango Valley, Deposit Central School, Harpursville, Johnson City, Maine-Endwell, Susquehanna Valley, Union-Endicott and Whitney Point School Districts. In January, the following towns: Binghamton, Chenango, Conklin, Dickinson, Fenton, Kirkwood, Nanticoke, Union, Windsor and the City of Binghamton.    

2019 Mandatory Enhanced STAR Income Verification Program

For more information, click here
 
Residents can contact Joseph Cook, Town of Union Assessor, with additional questions at 607-786-2905 or [email protected] 
Paying your tax bill
Broome County will now be providing tax collection for the Union-Endicott School District
 
Tax Help-Line: (607) 778-2169
 
Check payable to:B C Director of OMB(Broome County Office of Management & Budget)

Mailing address:
B C Real Property
Department U-E
PO Box 2087
Binghamton, NY 13902
(The US postal postmark determines the date payment is made.)

In person payment at:
***NEW LOCATION**
Oakdale Mall (former Sears building, lower rear entrance)
 Monday through Friday  9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (except holidays)
September 1st through November 2nd, 2020
                                      also
Broome County Office Building, Second Floor
60 Hawley Street, Binghamton
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (except holidays)
September 1st through November 2nd, 2020
 
 *Credit/Debit card, and e-check payments can be made on your tax bill from September 1st until November 2nd. Go to www.taxlookup.net and follow the directions. You must pay the tax bill in full; partial payments are not accepted. There is a convenience fee of 3% plus 50¢ charged by the bank on credit/debit payments. This fee will be listed as a separate line item on your statement.
On November 3, 2020, your unpaid taxes become delinquent and payment can no longer be accepted.

*Accepted credit cards:   credit card visa MC and discover
 
 *DO NOT STAPLE OR TAPE THE CHECK TO THE PAYMENT COUPON

*To confirm your tax bill is paid, go to www.taxlookup.net. Search for Payment History. This screen shows the amount of tax billed and date of payment with an option to print. If you pay in person, the tax collector will stamp the bill paid.

*Do not combine payments for another taxing district. Each district is a separate legal entity for collections, requiring separate checks.

To avoid having your payment returned:
-Be sure to sign your check.
-Make sure check is payable to B C Director of OMB.
-Include payment coupon and check mailed together to the above address.
-In the “Memo” section, identify the property by bill number, address, or tax map number.
-Make sure the numeric amount is clearly written and equal to the written dollar amount.
-Make sure your payment is postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on or before the due date of the payment.
 
To Look Up Your Property School Tax Bill: Go to http://www.taxlookup.net/
When on Website click on either Broome or Tioga County then U-E School District.

 
For more information on the STAR program: Visit the state's website: http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/index.htm
 

Third party checks & school tax payments

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance sent out information to school officials regarding third party checks and school tax payments.

School Officials,

STAR credit checks were mailed over the weekend to qualified homeowners who registered by July 1. We’ve been asked whether a homeowner who has received a STAR credit check from New York State may endorse it over to the collecting officer, write a personal check for the balance, and then mail or bring both checks together to the collecting officer as payment for the school tax.

The answer is yes, as long as the total of the two checks is at least equal to the amount due. The STAR check is a negotiable instrument under the law and as such it can be lawfully endorsed to a third party. There’s no law that forbids receivers or collectors from accepting third party checks, or that gives them discretion to turn down a lawful payment.

Anyone with questions about the program can go to the STAR property tax relief webpage or call 518-457-2036 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Click here to visit the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance website. 
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