St. Lawrence County residents who owe tax debt reminded of options to ‘ring in New Year with clean slate’
Friday, December 29, 2017 - 9:12 am

New York state residents, including those in St. Lawrence County, can use a variety of programs to help pay back taxes and resolve their debts.

“Give yourself the gift of a clean slate this holiday season,” said Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion. “If you have tax debt, ignoring it will only make the problem worse as penalties and interest accrue. Get a fresh start using one of our convenient online options to pay your bill, or contact us so we can work together to resolve your case.”

The Tax Department offers a variety of payment options and free resolution services described below.

Installment payment agreements are available to qualified taxpayers who can’t pay their bill in full.

Quick Pay, launched earlier this year, provides a way for individuals to promptly pay a tax debt or bill online any time. As of early November, taxpayers have paid $29 million using this application.

The Voluntary Disclosure and Compliance Program (VDCP) allows eligible taxpayers to come clean about unfiled tax returns and unpaid taxes to avoid penalties and possible criminal charges.

The VDCP has brought in more than $1 billion since its inception in July 2008, averaging more than $110 million in collections each year. In the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2017, the VDCP exceeded this average by $40.5 million.

The Offer in Compromise Program offers a way for financially distressed individuals or businesses to put overwhelming tax liabilities behind them by paying a reasonable portion of their debts.

Remember, too, if you disagree with a Tax Department bill or notice, you have the right to challenge it. Informal and formal protest options are available.

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