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School tax information


No early school-tax payments

The City School District of Albany does not have the authority to collect school taxes early under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent emergency executive order.


As a result, Albany taxpayers will not be able to pre-pay their 2018-19 school taxes.


“The executive order does not address the pre-payment of school taxes or the legal process by which school taxes are levied. As result, the City School District of Albany cannot accept the pre- or partial payment of any taxes for the 2018-2019 school year at this time. The district will follow its standard budgeting and tax levying process from this spring through the fall,” said Albany Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams. (MORE)


Your tax bill

School tax bills will be mailed on Aug. 31, and payment is due by Oct. 2. On Sept. 1, you can view or print your bill and receipt using the following link. Please be sure to select only one of the three search options. Click here to look up your school taxes.


Paying your bill

  • By mail

Checks should be made out to the City School District of Albany. Mail your check and your bill stub to:


City School District of Albany

P.O. Box 15133

Albany, NY 12212-5133


When paying by mail, please be sure:

1. The payment stub is enclosed;

2. Your check or money order is signed, dated and written for the correct amount; and

3. Your tax map number (also called "section/block/lot number") is written on your check or money order.


Date of payment will be determined by a United States Postal Service postmark. Any tax payment in an envelope without a U.S. Postal Service postmark will be considered paid on the date it is received by the school district. A postage meter postmark does not determine date of payment, nor does an envelope without a U.S. Postal Service postmark.

  • In person

To pay in person, bring your tax bill with you to the Key Bank branch located at 120 State St. Bank hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Online by credit card, debit card or e-check

You can pay your taxes online with a Discover, MasterCard or Visa credit or debit card. When you do, there is a fee of 50 cents plus 3 percent of your total tax bill that goes to a third-party server.


NEW: E-check payment -- Now you can pay your school taxes by e-check. There is a flat fee of $4.95 on transactions up to $2,499. On bills more than $2,499, there is an additional 0.5 percent fee. There is a $25,000 maximum on e-check payments.


Late payments

Tax bills paid after Oct. 2 will begin to accumulate interest and penalties. After Nov. 15, unpaid tax bills will be turned over to the Albany County Division of Finance and must be paid at their offices at 112 State St. in Albany.


A property owner who does not receive a school tax statement by mail is nevertheless subject to interest on any interest or late payment fees designated in Section 922 of the New York State Real Property Tax Law.


Also, under no circumstances can the school tax collector or other officials waive late penalties set in law.


Who to call with questions

If you want to know  about ... Contact ...
Your school tax bill City School District of Albany Tax Office
518-475-6035 or
Assessments or exemptions Albany City Assessor's Office
Delinquent taxes Albany County Division of Finance Tax Records Unit
Property taxes or address changes City of Albany Treasurer's Office
STAR New York State STAR Program

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