FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2020
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North Hempstead Requests Extension for Second Half General Tax Payments
North Hempstead, NY - North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman, and members of the Town Board have aggressively advocated on behalf of Town residents by urging New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to extend the deadline for payment of the second half of the 2020 General Taxes. The request comes as the Town pursues various options to provide financial relief to residents and businesses during these challenging times. Currently, the final day to pay is August 10, 2020. In a letter written to Governor Cuomo last week Supervisor Bosworth requested the deadline be pushed to August 31, 2020.
“We are asking the Governor to extend the deadline to August 31, 2020, which is the latest date allowable for paying taxes without interest or penalty,” said Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “We believe this extra time will be helpful to individuals who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Online tax payments may be made by check (ACH) or credit card at: northhempsteadny.gov/tax-payments. Beginning July 1, the Town will reduce processing fees from $2.00 to just $0.01 for online Automated Clearing House (ACH) E-Check tax payments during this period of social distancing.
The Tax Office fee waiver applies specifically to ACH E-Check payments that pull funds directly from a person's checking account. The online credit card payment processing fee will remain at 2.35% of the tax amount. New York State law mandates that the Town receives no portion of the service fee – that fee is retained by the payment processing vendors. Accepted credit cards are American Express, Mastercard, Discover, or Visa.
In March, Supervisor Bosworth, Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman, and the Town Board advocated for the extension of the second half of the 2019-2020 school property tax deadline. Subsequently Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order allowing the payment to be extended.