The Cornwall Receiver of Taxes is responsible for the collection of all levied Town taxes and all re-levied school and village taxes in compliance with all local and state tax collection regulations.
Property tax bills are mailed out the last week of December. Payments made through January are without penalty. Payments made in February are charged a 1% penalty and payments made in March are charged a 2% penalty plus a $2.00 reminder notice fee. Payments with a postage meter postmark or postage purchased from a third party vendor (not the US Postal Service) are not deemed timely if received after the due date.
After March 31st, the Cornwall Receiver of Taxes cannot accept payments for tax bills. All unpaid tax bills are sent to the Orange County Commissioner of Finance for collection, they can be reached at 845-291-2480.
The Receiver of Taxes is required by law to send tax bills to banks for those homeowners who have escrow accounts. The banks are required to send the Town an Authorization Form that applies their bank codes to the homeowner's account. Once the tax bill is paid, the homeowner will receive a receipt from the Cornwall Tax Office. If no bank code is applied, the tax bill will be forwarded to the homeowner.
Pursuant to Real Property Tax Law 922, failure to receive a property tax bill does not relieve the taxpayer of their obligation to pay taxes in full and in a timely manner. If the property taxes are not paid during the interest free period, the taxpayer is obligated to pay interest and penalties for late payments as per New York State Real Property Tax Law 924.
Please contact the Receiver of Taxes' Office if you have refinanced your mortgage, paid off your mortgage, no longer have an escrow account or if you are a new homeowner and responsible for your taxes and utility bills but you have not received them.
If you receive a tax bill for your property that has been sold, please notify the Receiver of Taxes' Office of the name and address of the new owner or if possible, forward the tax bill to the new owner.
Third Party Notification - You may designate another consenting adult to receive duplicate copies of your tax bill filed at the Cornwall Receiver of Taxes' Office.
You can view and pay your tax bills online under Helpful Links. Cick on "View/Pay Tax Bill Online" and enter your search information.