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Mr. James J. Stefanich

Receiver of Taxes

Town of Oyster Bay

Direct Phone: (516) ***-****       

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Town of Oyster Bay

74 Audrey Avenue

Oyster Bay, New York 11771

United States

Company Description

Councilman Chris J. Coschignano was elected by the residents of the Town of Oyster Bay in 2001 to serve on the Town Board. The Oyster Bay Town Board represents the governing body and lawmaking authority for the 300,000 residents of the Town. He was also r ... more

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Receiver of Taxes

EisnerAmper LLP

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City University of NY

Senior Systems Analyst and Software Specialist and Adjunct Professor

City University of New York

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Bachelor of Science degree

applied physics

New York Institute of Technology

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Town Addresses & Phone Guide - Town of Oyster Bay

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RECEIVER OF TAXES - James J. Stefanich - 624-6400


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Oyster Bay Town Receiver of Taxes, James J. Stefanich, representing the TOB executive board, thanked the JAA for everything it does for the children of Jericho.


Receiver Stefanich Reminds Residents of How to Avoid Late Tax Payment Penalties - Town of Oyster Bay

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In addition, Receiver Stefanich encourages residents who recently purchased a home, condominium or co-op unit, or just refinanced or transferred the mortgage on their property, to be sure that notification in writing is sent to James J. Stefanich, Receiver of Taxes, Town of Oyster Bay, 74 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY 11771-1539.

"This will ensure that tax bills are received promptly by the homeowner," Receiver Stefanich said. "A homeowner relying on a bank or mortgage company to notify the tax office may find there is a delay in billing the homeowner directly, which can lead to the imposition of a late payment penalty."
"When writing, property owners should include the legal property description, including the school district, section, block, and lot numbers, as well as the name and address to whom current and future tax bills should be directed. In the case of condominiums, the building and unit number should be noted," Receiver Stefanich said.
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"The knowledgeable and courteous tax information specialists on my staff will be happy to assist you," concluded Receiver Stefanich.


Town of Oyster Bay - Town of Oyster Bay

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In addition, Receiver Stefanich encourages residents who recently purchased a home, condominium or co-op unit, or just refinanced or transferred the mortgage on their property, to be sure that notification in writing is sent to James J. Stefanich, Receiver of Taxes, Town of Oyster Bay, 74 Audrey Avenue, [Read More]


TOB Receiver Talks Taxes

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James Stefanich, Oyster Bay Town Receiver of Taxes, was re-elected on Nov. 4 and the following day he was in his office answering his own phone and helping residents come to terms with the new tax bills.

Stefanich has been dealing with the results of the reassessment figures that have been affecting residents.When the new assessment figures were put out, the Nassau County Assessor's Office said the first time residents would see the new figures used was when the school tax bills went out this past October.Since then, residents have been recoiling from the shock.Timing, however, seems to play a part in the misunderstandings.
"People didn't understand what the letters they received from the county with the projections of their tax estimates meant.The figures the county was using were already a year old," Stefanich said."Since then, you are looking at three school budgets already enacted, so there is a cumulative increase of those three years in the figures.That meant that school budget increases went from 5 to 15 percent throughout the town, so there was a strong basis for a misunderstanding."
Stefanich added that some people returned their tax bills to the town - including copies of the report from Cole-Layer-Trumble, saying they were wrong according to the CT information."They are looking at school tax increases plus the reassessment issues," he said."The new assessment came in half of the prior assessed values and the rates were approximately doubled.So, for example, if there were no increase of school budgets between last year and this year still the rates were doubled."
Explaining things can be difficult, Stefanich said."We are getting instances where people think we set the tax rate.The school taxes are set by the school district.The assessment is set by the Board of Assessors," said the receiver of taxes."
Stefanich said the Town of Oyster Bay's website has a list of answers to frequently asked questions and that the site is being updated."It will have an update shortly to reflect the newest exemption qualifications for the STAR program, the senior program, veterans and persons with disabilities programs," he said."The state passes the initial legislation which the county, town and schools have to opt into."
Over the course of the past few weeks, phone calls to the receiver's office have been flooding in. "We get 15 calls a minute.Then they call the supervisor's office and say they can't get through to the tax office," Stefanich said."Someone said our phones were off the hook; I laughed.The reason was the system was jammed up"
According to Stefanich, the Town of Oyster Bay Receiver of Taxes department has an average of 19 persons on staff as well as about five part-time people.
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With people still taking advantage of the lower interest rates, Stefanich said, "We are really doing the best we can but we are being deluged and we have this economic environment where everybody is refinancing their homes," he said."Every time you refinance, a new tax bill is generated and we have seen instances where the same property owner has refinanced three times in the last year."
In the meantime, Stefanich has been going out to schools and libraries throughout the town to educate people on taxes.To do so, he uses a two and a half-hour PowerPoint program called Taxes 101 to explain the tax system."A lot more people have to be educated about taxes.This effects everybody in their pocketbook.I am very eager to talk to people about this," he said."When it comes to these issues it is a not a simple answer.We are absolutely willing and eager to speak to the public on these issues so they can make educated decisions.It is worth their effort to spend their time learning about it."
The Town of Oyster Bay Receiver of Taxes office phone number is 624-6400.Stefanich said he is always willing to talk to residents and will, by appointment, give them a tour of his department at Town Hall East.

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