Laurie ZaneskiReceiver of Taxes631-727-3200 Ext 247
The Receiver of Taxes collects real property taxes for the following entities located within the boundaries of the Town of Riverhead:
TAX YEARTown, County and School taxes in Suffolk County cover the period from December 1st to November 30th of the following year.
1. School Taxes: School budgets are set by your local school districts. Every year you have the opportunity to vote on the school budget. This determines the amount of taxes you will be paying for schools in your district.
2. County Taxes: County taxes are set by a county budget, approved by the Suffolk County Executive and the Suffolk County Legislature.
3. Town Taxes: Town taxes are set by a town budget, approved by the Town Supervisor and the Town Board.
Public hearings are set for school, county and town boards.
PAYMENT Payments are divided into two equal installments and may be made without penalty according to the following schedule:
First Half due by January 10th Second Half due by May 31st
If the first half is not made by January 10th, payments will still be accepted at the Receiver of Taxes office through May 31st with the appropriate penalties.
2013 - 2014 Schedule
December 1st through January 10th
Penalty after January 10th
Penalty after February 10th
Penalty after March 10th
Penalty after April 10th
Penalty after May 12th
Taxes may be paid in person at Riverhead Town Hall or by mail. If paid by mail, the postmark on the envelope stamped by an official Post Office date stamp will determine date of receipt. Please note that private postage meter dates are not acceptable.
If taxes are not paid by May 31st, they become delinquent and must be paid in full with appropriate penalties and interest to the Suffolk County Treasurer (Telephone: 631-852-3000), 330 Center Drive, Riverhead, New York 11901.
PARTIAL PAYMENT: Partial payments are accepted in accordance with Suffolk County Resolution #551-2001. A minimum payment of $200 will be accepted from December 1st to May 31st. If however the full first half is not received by January 10th, a penalty will be imposed on the unpaid balance and must be included with the minimum of $200.00 payment.
CREDIT CARDS: Taxes may be paid by Visa, Mastercard, Discover or echeck in the Tax Receivers Office. A convenience fee will be charged to the taxpayer based on the amount of the total charge:
ONLINE PAYMENTS: Taxes may also be paid online by visiting Town of Riverhead for your convenience payment may be made by credit card. There is a convenience fee of 2.5% charged by the company.
THIRD PARTY NOTIFICATION FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED HOMEOWNERS: If you are either 65 years of age or older or disabled and you own and occupy a one-, two, or three-family residence, you may designate a consenting adult third party to receive duplicate copies of your tax bills and notices of unpaid taxes. Applications may be obtained in the Receiver of Taxes office.
Third Party Form
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: PLEASE NOTIFY THE RECEIVER OF TAXES UPON THE SATISFACTION OF YOUR MORTGAGE OR IF YOUR PROPERTY HAS BEEN SOLD OR TRANSFERRED AT (631)727-3200 Ext. 248