N.Y. state tax officials have issued a guidebook to property owners who want to find out how much their state property taxes are, how much the city of New York levies and how much property taxes in other states are.
The guide, called The New York State Property Tax Guide, was issued Tuesday by the state Office of Economic and Workforce Development, which is responsible for administering taxes on property.
The department has been under intense scrutiny in recent years for its lack of transparency, including the fact that it did not release a comprehensive list of property tax deductions for tax year 2018, which ended Sept. 30.
The city of Manhattan’s property tax rate for residents in 2018 was $6,636, according to the latest available data from the city.
Property taxes in Queens and the Bronx are higher, at $8,907 and $7,895, respectively.
New York City’s property taxes total $2.5 trillion.
State officials in New York have repeatedly sought to tighten property tax collection and have urged the state to expand its collection programs to cover all levels of property owners.
But the department has said that the bulk of its property tax collections come from the wealthy and corporations.
In an April letter to New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo, the state’s Office of Revenue Service urged the governor to expand the state government’s property-tax collection efforts to include “all levels of taxpayers, from low-income New Yorkers to large corporations, real estate developers, and institutional investors.”
The New York Department of Taxation and Finance has not provided a detailed estimate for the 2018 property tax guidebook, but in its most recent budget request, it requested $3.7 billion to hire more staff and hire more agents to help collect taxes, and to create more offices and online tools.
In the letter, the department said it would hire nearly 2,500 new tax collectors and more than 1,000 agents by the end of 2019.
New Yorkers, who are among the poorest in the country, are likely to be among the most affected by the guidebook.
Property tax collections are expected to fall for the second straight year as many people in New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Connecticut begin to file their tax returns, which means the state is losing out on revenue that it could otherwise receive from other sources.
In 2018, New Jersey collected $11.7 million in property taxes, according the department’s latest fiscal year budget request.