As the deadline for paying the second half 2014-2015 School Tax approaches, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin advises taxpayers of the payment options provided by his office. Individuals who prefer to make payments in person can avail themselves of the town’s two satellite offices, the mobile tax office and the ‘EZ-Pay Drive Thru’ payment window located behind the Hempstead Tax Office. In addition, tax bills can be paid by credit card or e-check, online or via telephone. Payments received or postmarked by Monday, May, 11th will be penalty-free, as the payment due date of May 10th falls on a Sunday.
“In addition to extending hours at the Hempstead Tax Office during peak collection times, our ‘EZ-Pay Drive Thru’ payment window, located behind the Hempstead Tax Office, allows our customers to make payments from the comfort of their cars,” said Clavin. The drive through window will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11 and will accept check and money order payments. Hours of operation at the Hempstead Tax Office during peak collection times (May 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11) will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fully-staffed Hempstead office accepts all forms of payment and can assist constituents with account inquiries.
“My office recently negotiated to lower the convenience fees charged by Official Payments Corporation for the processing of e-check and credit card payment transactions,” said Clavin. Electronic check payments incur a flat fee of $1.50, while credit card payments incur a total of 2.35% of the total tax payment (minimum fee $1). Hempstead Town receives no portion of these fees. To pay electronically, visit www.TOH.LI and follow the ‘Receiver of Taxes’ link to ‘Online Tax Payments,’ or call Official Payments Corporation toll-free at 1-877-306-6056.
Satellite offices located at Rock Hall Museum (199 Broadway, Lawrence) and Levittown Hall (201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville) will receive tax payments (checks and money orders only) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11.
The mobile tax office will visit the following locations from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.:
· Friday, May 1 – Merrick Senior Center, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick
· Monday, May 4 – Oceanside TOH Parking Lot O-3, Davison Avenue, Oceanside
· Tuesday, May 5 – Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont
· Wednesday, May 6 – Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Place, Franklin Square
“While no one ever enjoys paying their taxes, Supervisor Murray and I are committed to providing ways to make it more convenient for residents to do so. At the same time, we will continue to strive to provide the highest level of service to our taxpayers,” concluded Clavin.
Taxpayers should bring their entire tax bill when making payments in person. Please do not detach tax stubs from the tax bill. For further information, please visit the town’s website at www.TOH.LI or call the Office of Receiver of Taxes at (516) 538-1500.