PO Box 123
Dover Plains, New York 12522
Phone: (845) 877-0257
Property tax bills are mailed in early January.
Payments can be made upon receipt of bill thru February 28th without penalty.
* If they are paid after February 28th, the penalty schedule is as follows: *
March 1st - March 31st = 2% penalty
April 1st - April 30th = 3% penalty
May 1st - May 31st = 4% penalty plus a $1.00 processing fee
After May 31st, all unpaid taxes are turned over to the Dutchess County Commissioner of Finance
22 Market St, Poughkeepsie NY 12601
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Frequently Asked Questions
When can I make in person payments to the Tax Collector?
Payments will also be accepted at the Dover Town Hall from 5:30-6:30 pm on the following dates:
January 17th, 18th, 22nd, 24th, 25th of 2018
February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd of 2018
At Dover Town Hall, 126 East Duncan Hill Rd., Dover Plains, NY 12522
*Collection Hours Are Weather Permitting*
I never received my bill or I received it late, do I still have to pay the penalty?
Yes. Failure to mail a statement or the failure of the property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or penalty as dictated by law (New York State Real Property Tax Law §922). The Tax Collector does not have the legal authority to waive statutory penalty charges, nor does any other official. These regulations are governed by the Real Property Tax Law. If the collector waives any penalty he/she will be held personally responsible. All records are audited by State examiners and there is no discretion in this matter.
If I mail my payment on the due date, do I have to pay a penalty?
New York State Real Property Tax Law §925, provides as follows: "Payment of taxes by mail, when enclosed in a postpaid wrapper (envelope) properly addressed to the appropriate collecting office and is deposited in a post office of official depository under the exclusive care custody of the United States Post Office shall, upon delivery, be deemed to have been made to such officer on the date of the United States Postmark on such wrapper. " The provisions of this section shall not apply in the case of postmarks not made by the United States Post Office. A postage meter postmark is not a postmark made by the United States Post Office and will not be honored according the provisions of Real Property Tax Law §925.
Payments received after the due date will be returned for proper payment to include the appropriate penalty. No town official or employee can waive the penalty.
Do you accept payment with credit cards?
Yes, starting January 2, 2018 Town of Dover property taxes may be paid with a debit or credit card or E-check.
There is a convenience fee charged by a third-party vendor this service.
Access the Town’s new online tax payment service through the “Pay Taxes Online” button above.
Can I pay my property taxes in installments?
No. The Town of Dover does not accept partial payments. Payment must be made in full or it will be returned for proper payment.
The Town Tax Collector does not collect school taxes.
For school tax-related information, please contact;
Brenda Cudney, School Tax Collector;
at (845) 877-5750 x 1280
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As Tax Collector, I am responsible for the collection of property taxes for approximately 3,200 parcels.
The duties of this office, as well as the collection procedures are statutory and defined by the New York State Real Property Tax Law.
Any inquiries are welcome with regards to collection policies and general tax information.
Assistance is provided to residents, realtors, lending institutions, title companies and other entities that may require information.
Before entering upon the duties of this office, it is required that all tax collecting officers take the Constitutional Oath of Office.
In addition, an official undertaking of bond, which guarantees the faithful performance of the office must be executed and filed in the Town Clerk's Office.
Once the collector has taken the oath and executed the bond, she or he becomes an insurer and guarantor of all monies, securities, papers and records that the law provides shall be in his or her custody.