New Yorkers who pay their taxes online will be able to receive electronic receipts under a law recently signed by Gov. David Paterson. A number of communities have allowed taxpayers to make payments electronically, but existing law had prohibited municipal tax offices from providing online receipts, according to the sponsors of the legislation, Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, D-Ossining, Westchester County, and Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Mamaroneck, Westchester County.
“Technology is advancing so rapidly that our laws are becoming antiquated,” Galef said in a statement. “This law responds to today’s technology and the needs of our taxpayers.”
The new law allows taxpayers to choose whether they want a paper or electronic receipt. New Yorkers who wish to make payments by mail or in person can still do so.
In addition to helping taxpayers, the law will allow municipalities to save postage and printing costs, Oppenheimer said. It could also reduce labor costs.
“This new law will be a great time saver, as well as money saver. The Town of Ossining has seen a constant increase in the number of taxpayers paying online since 2006 when we began offering an internet tax payment option,” said Gloria Fried, receiver of taxes for the town.
“Having tax payment receipts available online will significantly reduce the amount of time the Tax Office spends answering phone calls and preparing receipts for taxpayers during income tax preparation time, and will encourage more people to pay this way. In addition, taxpayers will be able to access their records whenever they need to, even when our office is closed,” she said.