The Town of Potsdam collects Town & County Taxes. Tax bills are mailed out in time for January tax collection which begins January 1st. Payments will be received without penalty through January 31st, (U.S. Postmark of January 31st or earlier accepted.) Payments made after this date should include the appropriate penalty. The amount can be found on your tax bill. Payments will be accepted through May 31st at our office, 18 Elm Street, Potsdam. After that date taxpayers should call the St. Lawrence County Treasurer for payment instructions at 315-379-2234.
MESSAGE FOR MARCH PAYMENTS
Due to the pandemic the Town Hall is closed to the public, however we are continuing to work each day. We are accepting payments by money order or check. Payments can be placed in the dropbox (at the front of the building) or mailed to 18 Elm Street, Potsdam, NY 13676. If you prefer to pay with a credit card, call 315-265-3430, Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Second installment payments must be postmarked or placed in the dropbox on or before March 31st. We do accept postmarks as paid on time. If paying the second installment after March 31st, add 1% interest to your payment. We have no authority to waive penalties.
Payment of Taxes
Methods of Payment: Payments may be made by cash, check/money order and credit card. Please do not send cash through the mail. All credit cards are subject to a 3% convenience fee, which is paid to the processor. We do not accept credit card payments over the phone, they must be made in person.
By Mail: Checks or Money Orders are to be payable to ‘Cindy Goliber, Tax Collector,' and mailed to 18 Elm Street, Potsdam, New York 13676. Please send a coupon from your tax bill or make a notation of the tax parcel ID or current bill number if you are not enclosing a bill. Providing a phone number is helpful, so we can contact you if there is a problem with your payment
In Person: Payments may be made at the Potsdam Town Hall, 18 Elm Street, Potsdam NY during business hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
After Hours: Payments may be placed in the drop-box which is located on the front of the Town Hall, 18 Elm Street, Potsdam.
Installment Payments: If choosing to pay by installments, the first payment must be paid by January 31st. This payment is 1/3rd the total due plus a 2% surcharge. This surcharge is not refundable, even if the balance is paid before the end of January. The second installment is due by March 31st and the third installment is due by May 31st. If the second installment is paid after March 31st, add 1% onto the March amount, for each month it is late. (April 1%, May 2%.). We cannot accept partial payments after January 31st.
Online: Call our office at 315-265-3430 for information.
Potsdam Central School taxes are collected at the Potsdam Town Hall, 18 Elm Street, Potsdam beginning September 1st and ending October 31st. Checks should be made payable to Cindy Goliber, Tax Collector. Office hours are 9 AM – 4 PM, Monday – Friday. After hour payments may be place in the drop box at the front of the building. Payments in full without penalty or first installment payments must be paid on or before September 30th (add 1% interest in October). The second installment is due on or before October 31st. From November 1st- November 30th all payments are made to the St. Lawrence County Treasurer’s Office, 48 Court Street, Canton, NY 13617.
Frequently Asked Questions
I never received my tax bill or received it late, do I still have to pay the penalty?
Yes. The failure to mail a statement or the failure of a property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by law (New York State Real Property Tax Law §922). In addition, neither the Tax Collector nor any other official has legal authority to waive statutory penalty charges. These are fixed by the Real Property Tax Law. If they are waived, the collecting officer will be personally responsible. As all records are audited by State examiners, there is absolutely no discretion in this matter. The Constitution and the law of the State mandates the procedure.
If I mail my payment by the due date do I have to pay the 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 officer and deposited in a post office or official depository under the exclusive care and 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, therefore, is not within in the provisions of Real Property Tax Law §925. Payments cannot be deemed timely because of a postage meter postmark date on an envelope containing a tax payment (Op. New York State Comp. 69-170).
If taxes are received after the due date, they are not considered paid on time, unless they fall squarely within the provisions of section 925 of the Real Property Tax Law, and the penalty must be added and collected. No Tax Collector can waive the penalty (Op. New York State Comp. 68-626).
Can I prepay my taxes?
No. The warrant constitutes the mantle of authority for the collecting officer to receive the taxes. Therefore, the warrant must be regarded as the instrument which empowers the collecting officer to begin the collection. Collection authority cannot begin prior to the date of the warrant.
Can I designate someone else to receive a copy of my tax bill?
Yes. If you are disabled, or 65 years of age or over, and own a one, two, or three family home, you may designate an adult consenting third party to receive a duplicate copy of your tax bill and notice of unpaid taxes. Complete the Third Party Notification Form and return it to the Tax Collector.