The fees Long Island residents incur in paying their property taxes online vary by municipality and by payment method, although the service provided is the same. Newsday requested data on the fees from the Island's 13 towns and two cities; some replied partially or not at all. Tens of thousands of Long Islanders make use of the online options in paying their property taxes. The data shows how these fees can add tens or hundreds of dollars to their tax bills, which already rank among the highest in the country. You can read more here.
Here is data on the variations, which can result in fees on a $10,000 tax bill that range from 90 cents to $375. This database was posted on Aug., 3, 2018.
Paying a $10,000 tax bill with a debit card
Some vendors charge a flat fee while others charge a percentage of the tax amount due.
* Debit card fees in Oyster Bay and Smithtown vary by card provider.
Paying a $10,000 tax bill with a credit card
* Two companies manage credit card payments in Brookhaven and charge different fees. Fees in Oyster Bay vary by card provider.
Paying a $10,000 tax bill with an eCheck
* The eCheck fee in Babylon is $2.50 for tax bills under $10,000 and $15 for tax bills over $10,000.
The side-by-side data behind the charts
|Town||Debit fee||Credit card fee||eCheck fee|
|Babylon||N/A||2.50%||$2.50 or $15|
|Brookhaven||N/A||2.35% or 2.95%||$1.75|
|Long Beach||Did not provide||3.00%||$1.00|
|Oyster Bay||2.45% or $3.95||2.45% or 3.00%||$2.00|
|Smithtown||2.45% or $3.95||2.45%||$1.75|
So, what does the average resident pay?
The average payment in each municipality last year, arrived at by dividing the total amount of taxes paid online by the number of tax bills paid online. Some municipalities did not provide this data. It's lower because many chose the flat fee.
More details on the online tax filing arrangements
The vendors, the number of online filers, what they owed and the fees they were charged. Some figures are approximate.
|Town||Vendor||Vendor fee||Year||Online tax payers||Online tax payments||Fees|
|Town Babylon||Vendor Official Payments||Vendor fee $0||Year 2017-2018||Online tax payers 5,250||Online tax payments $29,000,000.00||Fees $175,000.00|
|Town Brookhaven||Vendor Forte Payment Systems / Official Payments||Vendor fee $0||Year 2017||Online tax payers 7,716||Online tax payments $79,932,304.84||Fees $187,636.97|
|Town East Hampton||Vendor Point & Pay||Vendor fee $0||Year 2017-2018||Online tax payers 2,071||Online tax payments $14,049,132.08||Fees $76,982.88|
|Town Glen Cove||Vendor Software Consulting Associates||Vendor fee $0||Year 2017||Online tax payers 60||Online tax payments $225,000.00||Fees $1,250.00|
|Town Hempstead||Vendor eGov Strategies||Vendor fee $0||Year 2017||Online tax payers 24,704||Online tax payments $134,656,599.40||Fees $863,666.52|
|Town Huntington||Vendor Official Payments||Vendor fee $0||Year 2017-2018||Online tax payers Did not provide||Online tax payments $38,999,239.00||Fees $218,800.00|
|Town Islip||Vendor Xpress-pay / Elavon||Vendor fee $0||Year 2017-2018||Online tax payers 8,955||Online tax payments $59,415,041.34||Fees $132,398.60|
|Town Long Beach||Vendor Software Consulting Associates||Vendor fee $4,800||Year Did not provide||Online tax payers Did not provide||Online tax payments Did not provide||Fees Did not provide|
|Town North Hempstead||Vendor MuniTrax||Vendor fee $0||Year 2017||Online tax payers 18,206||Online tax payments $98,765,458.33||Fees $446,435.63|
|Town Oyster Bay||Vendor Business Automation Services / Premier||Vendor fee $18,000||Year Did not provide||Online tax payers Did not provide||Online tax payments Did not provide||Fees Did not provide|
|Town Riverhead||Vendor Forte Payment Systems||Vendor fee $0||Year 2017-2018||Online tax payers 850||Online tax payments $4,985,651.56||Fees $45,120.97|
|Town Shelter Island||Vendor Business Automation Services||Vendor fee $850||Year 2017-2018||Online tax payers 113||Online tax payments $753,990.45||Fees $197.75|
|Town Smithtown||Vendor Forte Payment Systems||Vendor fee $0||Year 2017-2018||Online tax payers Did not provide||Online tax payments $20,944,182.78||Fees $123,936.00|
|Town Southampton||Vendor None||Vendor fee Did not provide||Year Did not provide||Online tax payers Did not provide||Online tax payments Did not provide||Fees Did not provide|
|Town Southold||Vendor Business Automation Services||Vendor fee $0||Year Did not provide||Online tax payers 1,282||Online tax payments $7,261,055.83||Fees Did not provide|
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