MAYVILLE, N.Y.:-- In response to Governor Cuomo’s emergency order of December 22nd, Chautauqua County has issued 2018 tax warrants to local tax collectors as of Wednesday, December 27th. The Governor’s order provides that town and city collectors can accept prepayment of 2018 property tax payments during the remainder of 2017 as soon as the tax warrant is received from the County. 2018 village taxes and 2018-19 school taxes are not covered by the Governor’s emergency order and cannot be prepaid.
The Town of Chautauqua tax collectors have already posted instructions appearing on the Town’s website regarding prepayment of 2018 taxes. It is highly recommended that all taxpayers contact their local town or city tax collector for information regarding prepayment and to confirm the amount due for 2018. However, taxpayers unable to contact their local tax collector should utilize the following procedure:
- The tax amount owed for 2018 may be found by utilizing the “Property Tax Look-Up” link on the County’s Real Property Tax Department website. Once a tax parcel is selected using this feature, the user will need to click on “Current Year Taxes” in order to view 2018 County taxes due. The website is located at the following address: http://chautauqua.ny.us/349/Real-Property-Tax Some City of Jamestown taxpayers may have additional charges not appearing on the County website link, so they should contact the City Treasurer to confirm.
- Ideally, taxpayers should attempt to pay in person on or before December 31 and obtain a receipt for the payment made. If the taxpayer is unable to pay in person or the local tax collection office is not open, the Governor’s order provides that prepayments may be sent by mail if postmarked on or before December 31, 2017. Obtaining proof of mailing is recommended. Checks should be made payable to the Town collector or City Treasurer as applicable.
All property taxpayers should consult with a tax professional regarding the deductibility of property taxes, including what method of payment (on-line, in-person, by mail, etc.) will assure deductibility on their 2017 tax returns. IRS Publication 17 which is available on-line contains guidance beginning on Page 151.