General Property Tax Information

City (and County) property taxes are collected annually for City of Albany residents by the Treasurer's Office. You may look up, view and print tax bills at no cost on our website payments.albanyny.gov. Please contact our office at 518-434-5036/5035 for any inquires pertaining to property tax information. Upon request, we will furnish duplicate tax bills and receipts via e-mail, mail or fax. We have provided the links to contact our office electronically on our homepage. The tax roll is available electronically and in hard copy in the Treasurer's Office, and individual property tax information is online for public inspection by clicking here.
 
Please note that school taxes, due in September, are not handled by our office. You may access school tax information here or by calling 518-475-6035.
 
The hours of the Treasurer’s Office are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The hours of collection are extended to 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., during the last few days of January. This affords residents the opportunity to pay tax bills after work hours during the last week of interest free collection.
 
PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS:
 
  • Payments can be made in person by cash, check or money order and are accepted at the Treasurer’s Office which is located in Room 109 in City Hall.
  • Payments can be made by mail by check or money order, addressed to: Treasurer’s Office, 24 Eagle St., Rm. 109, City Hall, Albany, NY 12207. Please do not send cash through the mail.  Payments must be postmarked by January 31 to avoid interest charges.  In order to ensure a properly postmarked payment, we strongly suggest using the US Postal Service, certified mail, return receipt requested, NOT a delivery service like FED EX or UPS.
  • Payments can be made online by credit card or ACH transfer (directly from a checking account) by clicking here.  Online fees are $.50 cents for an ACH transfer (about the same cost as a stamp), and $.25 cents plus 1.95% of the total payment for a credit card payment.
 
You may also view and print tax bills at no cost at the same online payment site, click here.
 
IMPORTANT!  For all intents and purposes, New York State Law deems that property owners know that their property taxes are due on specific dates (in Albany: January 31 for the property tax, both City and County; and September 30 for school and library taxes. This means that regardless of whether you receive a bill, if you own real property, your taxes are due on these dates, and it is the taxpayer’s responsibility to ensure that the taxes are paid.  If paid later than these dates, interest charges must apply under New York State Law, and cannot be waived or removed by the Treasurer’s Office.  
 
Payments without interest: Taxes are due and MUST be paid and/or postmarked by January 31.  The bills are usually mailed between December 30th and January 4th. The tax bill covers the annual period of January 1 - December 31. Payments can be made during the month of January without penalty. 
 
In order to ensure a properly postmarked payment, we strongly suggest using the US Postal Service, certified mail, return receipt requested, NOT a delivery service like FED EX or UPS.
 
Late Payment interest:  If taxes are paid and/or postmarked between February 1-28, 4% interest is charged, and if paid during any successive month, 1% interest is charged per month, accruing on the first of the month (i.e., 1% is added March 1, 1% is added April 1, etc.). After December 31, all unpaid tax bills are turned over to the Albany County Department of Finance for collection and foreclosure.
 
Collection of Delinquent Taxes:  At the end of the year, unpaid late taxes become delinquent taxes and are sent to Albany County for collection.  Additional late interest accrues.  After attempts at collection are made by the County, the foreclosure process begins. Questions about foreclosure should be directed to the Albany County Department of Finance, 518-447-7082.
 
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, by clicking here. Hard copies are also available in the Treasurer’s Office.
 
Payment via Mortgage/Escrow Accounts: If your taxes are paid through your mortgage/escrow account, it is the lending institution's responsibility to notify this office. These organizations provide us with a listing of their customers to obtain their tax information.  The larger organizations do this electronically.  
 
In the event that a resident received a bill that should have gone to their mortgage/escrow company, it is still the responsibility of that company to contact us for that bill.  If the bill should have gone to the homeowner, but went to a company, it is still the homeowner's responsibility to know that taxes are due. 
 
Again, Tax bill payments are due by January 31.  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 e-mail our office at taxbill@albanyny.gov, or contact this office for a duplicate bill.