School Tax Information
View and/or Pay Your Tax Bill Online!
Property owners have the ability to view, pay, print, and download their bills through the InfoTax Online link provided below. This option will be available from September 1, 2020 until October 31, 2020. Note: Please provide only One identifying search criteria requested (either last name OR address OR bill number OR tax map #) when looking for your parcel history. Be aware of the selected tax year (current or year prior)
*Please Note: Tax-Payers will NOT incur any service charges for online payments. Taconic Hills CSD will absorb all online payment fees, for the 2020-2021 school year. The tax-payer will have to check a box to ‘acknowledge’ that MuniciPay enforces a service charge, however, this will not be applied your tax bill. More info
2020-2021 Tax Collection Period
School property tax bills are mailed to owners in late August. Tax bills may be paid, without penalty, during the period of September 1 through September 30, 2020. All taxes paid or postmarked on or after October 1, 2020 shall bear an interest charge of two percent (2%) until October 31, 2020. No tax payments will be accepted or processed by the school tax collector postmarked after October 31, 2020. All taxes remaining unpaid after October 31, 2020 will be returned to the Columbia County Treasurer for further collection.
Payment of Taxes
Online: Taxpayers may pay tax bills online using Info-Tax Online, powered by MuniciPay. There is no fee for using this payment option. Users will pull up their School Tax bill through Info-Tax Online. Once you select the desired parcel, you will have the ability to pay your taxes in full, online, at no additional charge to you.
By Mail: (This is a District Lockbox service.) The school district will also accept payments by mail as long as the payment is in the exact amount due and made payable to “Taconic Hills CSD”.
Payment mailing address:
Taconic Hills CSD
c/o Receiver of Taxes
P.O. Box 10716
Albany, NY 12201
- Please include the Receiver’s stub, or entire tax bill and note either the bill number or S/B/L number on your check. NO partial payments will be accepted.
By Overnight Mail: (This is a District Lockbox service) Payments may be sent overnight to:
Key Bank Lockbox Operations
555 Patroon Creek Blvd.
Albany, NY 12206
In Person: Payment of school taxes may also be dropped off in person for forwarding to the District Lockbox:
Key Bank Copake Branch, County Route 7A, Copake, NY – Due to COVID-19, payments will only be accepted through Night Drop (No Cash). Please include a copy of your school tax bill
2020-2021 Tax Collection Period
School property tax bills are mailed to owners in late August. Tax bills may be paid, without penalty, during the period of September 1 through September 30, 2020. All taxes paid on or after October 1, 2020 shall bear an interest charge of two percent (2%) until October 31, 2020. No tax payments will be accepted or processed by the school tax collector received after October 31, 2020. All taxes remaining unpaid after October 31, 2020 will be returned to the Columbia County Treasurer for further collection.
STAR (School Tax Relief) Exemption/Credit
For qualified homeowners, Basic and Enhanced STAR exemptions may be available for their primary residence. Learn more about the STAR Program – https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/
Important Changes to STAR Exemption Program: New applicants who qualify for STAR must register with New York State instead of applying with their assessor. You will receive a credit in the form of a check, rather than receiving a property tax exemption. The dollar value of the credit will be the same as the property tax exemption. You can register online at www.tax.ny.gov or by phone at (518) 457-2036. These changes do not affect homeowners who registered for the STAR exemption prior to the 2015 deadline. To learn more, visit https://www.tax.ny.gov/star/
**2019 Changes to Exemptions for Property Owners Age 65 and Over**
Changes to the 2019 exemptions for property owners age 65 and over:
- To receive the Enhanced STAR exemption, property owners must enroll in the Income Verification Program (IVP). If you’re already enrolled, no action is needed.
- If you qualify for the senior citizen’s exemption, you will no longer automatically receive the Enhanced STAR exemption. You must apply for Enhanced STAR separately.
For more information or to obtain forms, contact your assessor, or visit the link below for further information on these changes provided by the state.
In 2015, NYS created a new STAR Rebate for the years 2016 through 2019, which replaced the Property Tax Freeze Credit offered by the State in 2014 and 2015. The STAR Rebate applies to homeowners who are receiving the STAR Exemption and who live in school districts that pass budgets at or below the tax levy cap. For the years 2017 through 2019, the rebate will equal the STAR tax savings multiplied by a percentage determined by the taxpayer’s income, with eligible annual income capped at $275,000. The state will mail rebate checks to residents in the fall. Because Taconic Hills’ budget for this year was at or below the tax cap, district homeowners are eligible for this credit.
The Taconic Hills Board of Education discounts school taxes for the District’s senior citizen low-income homeowners, certain persons with disabilities, Veterans and Cold War Veterans. The law gives school districts, at their own discretion, the option to grant these exemptions. Eligible Taconic Hills CSD property owner should apply for these exemptions through their town assessor’s office.
Senior Citizen Exemption: The District grants a reduction in the amount of property taxes paid on a primary residence by qualifying senior citizens, who must be 65 years of age or older and meet certain income limitations.
Limited Income Disability Exemption: The District grants a reduction in the amount of property taxes paid on a primary residence by qualifying persons with disabilities. To qualify, persons must have documented evidence of their disability and meet certain income limitations.
Alternative Veterans’ Exemption and Gold Star Exemption: The District grants a reduction in the amount of property taxes paid on a primary residence by qualifying veterans in the form of the basic level Alternative Veterans’ Exemption. In order to be eligible, veterans must have served during specifically identified conflicts. The District also extends this exemption to Gold Star Parents, which exempts the parents of a service member killed in action from a portion of the property taxes on their primary residence. Eligible residents must apply with their Town Assessor (submit a copy of your DD-214 with the application) in order to receive this benefit. If you already receive a Veterans’ Exemption at the Town and/or County level, you do not need to take any further action to have this exemption applied to your school tax bill. See limits
Cold War Veterans’ Exemption: This District grants a reduction in the amount of property taxes paid on a primary residence by qualifying Cold War Veterans. No Cold War Veteran receiving an exemption under Alternative Veterans Exemption may be eligible for this exemption. Eligible residents must apply with their Town Assessor (submit a copy of your DD-214 with the application) in order to receive this benefit. If you already receive a Veterans’ Exemption at the Town and/or County level, you do not need to take any further action to have this exemption applied to your school tax bill. See limits
(518) 329-6512 x4
(518) 392-3260 x305
(518) 329-1234 x4
(518) 851-2776 x313
Northeast (Dutchess Co.)
(518) 789-3300 X605
Additional Contact Links:
The Columbia County Real Property Tax Services website offers links concerning Columbia County, NY properties, including STAR & other exemptions, tax assessors, tax collections, tax rates, tax assessments, tax sales data, tax maps, etc.
The Columbia County Treasurer
Taconic Hills Central School District Boundary Map - Unified School District boundary map for Taconic Hills Central School District, New York (USD).
Note About Addresses: Please take a moment to check your mailing address on your bill. Residents, especially those in the Village of Philmont, who use a post office box for mail delivery should add their post office box number to their mailing address of record. If you need to make changes, additions or updates, please contact your Town Assessor to update this information.
TAX CALENDAR (2020-2021)
Tax Bills Mailed
School Tax Collection Begins
Last day non-penalty School Tax payments accepted
2 % Penalty School Tax collection phase begins
Last day School Tax payments accepted by THCSD (received by date – postmarks not accepted)
Columbia County Treasurer’s Office begins accepting payment for uncollected taxes
Last day payments accepted by Columbia County Treasurer’s Office (payment must be in-hand by 3:00 PM)