Tax Collector

Tax Collector

Joe Hanselman, Jr.

P.O. Box 232
Hillsdale, NY 12529

Phone: (518) 325-5537
Fax with advance notice at the same phone number
Email: joejr@fairpoint.net

Pay your property tax bills online here.

The Tax Office is open during the month of January. Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday, 9 am-noon. We are located at the Town Hall. We are also available by appointment by calling our home office at (518) 325-5537.

NOTESCHOOL Tax bills are distributed and overseen by the Taconic Hills School Tax Office. Call 518-325-2815 or email: taxcollector@taconichills.k12.ny.us .

Copies of your School Tax Bills/Payments for Taconic Hills School District are also available here.

Town Property Tax Bills

Tax bill information is now available on the web. You can access your tax bill at http://egov.basny.com/hillsdale by entering name, sbl#, tax bill number or property address.

Online payments are now accepted  Payments with Visa and Master Card are accepted with a 2.45% processing fee with a minimum charge of $3.95. American Express is not accepted. Other payment options include Visa Debit card with a flat fee of $3.95 or a $1.75 e-check flat fee.

Duties of the Office of Tax Collector

The Town of Hillsdale Tax Collector is a four-year elected position. Before entering upon the duties of the office, it is required that all Tax Collecting officers take and subscribe to the Constitutional oath of office. Once the Collector has taken the oath, he/she becomes the insurer and guarantor of all money, securities, papers, and records that the law provides shall be in their custody.

The Tax Collector collects the General Property Taxes in January. The bills are mailed in early January. The tax bill covers the period of January 1st. – December 31st. Payments can be made upon receipt of the bill through January 31st, without penalty. If they are paid on/after February 1st, there is a penalty, see below.

February 1%
March 2%
April 3% + $2 Second Notice Fee
May 4% + $2 Second Notice Fee

Payments received without the required penalty will be returned to the sender.

School Taxes

The Hillsdale Tax Office does NOT collect School Taxes for the Taconic Hills School District. School Tax Bills are mailed in early September. The due date is specified on the bill. Please contact Vonda Teaney at (518) 325-2815 with any questions you may have regarding School Taxes. Unpaid school tax bills are turned over to Columbia County by November 15 and are re-levied on the following years Property Tax Bill with an additional penalty.

Third Party Request

To assist our elderly and disabled residents, third party notification of tax bills is offered. Property owners who are disabled or 65 years of age or older, and own a one, two, or three-family home, may designate an adult consenting third party to receive duplicate copies of tax bills and notices of unpaid taxes. In order to receive this service, one must fill out a third party notification form RP-923, which is available in the Tax Office.

Many residents have their taxes escrowed with lending institutions. It is the lending institution’s responsibility to notify the town for which they are responsible for paying. Many banks contract with Tax Service Organizations (TSOs), which are agencies that service escrow accounts for the banks. These organizations provide us with a listing of their customers and their identifying account numbers. The larger organizations do this primarily by computer disc. In the event that a resident received a bill that should have gone to the bank, it is still the responsibility of the bank to call for that bill. If the bill should have gone to the homeowner but went to the bank, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to know that taxes are due. Please call our office immediately and we will issue you a duplicate bill. 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). If you should have received a bill, but have not during the first week of January, please contact this office for a duplicate bill.

Frequently Asked Questions