Requires municipalities to reimburse taxpayers for certain penalties and/or late fees charged to the taxpayer.
Ayes (3): Stewart-Cousins, Oppenheimer, Thompson
Ayes W/R (2): Valesky, Johnson C
Nays (2): Little, Bonacic
Excused (1): Morahan
BILL NUMBER: S6454
TITLE OF BILL : An act authorizing reimbursement for certain tax penalties
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL : To allow individuals whose pension checks were lost in the mail on or around December 30, 2009 to receive reimbursement for any penalty they were assessed for failure to pay their school or property taxes on time.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 states that any member of the State and Local Retirement System, or Police and Fire Retirement System who were eligible to receive a pension check on December 30, 2009 but did not receive such a check in a timely fashion, shall be reimbursed by any municipality from which they were charged a late fee for failure to pay property or school taxes. The individuals who are receiving reimbursement are only eligible if they are up to date on their taxes for which they are seeking reimbursement. Section 2 is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION : As a result of an error by the postal office many of the 60,000 pension checks were temporarily lost and inadvertently mailed out of state. Numerous pensioners count on these checks to caver their daily and monthly costs, any delay in receiving these checks causes havoc on their finances. One such area that is greatly affected is that of property and school taxes, pensioners on fixed incomes often struggle to meet deadlines for payment and as a result of a failure to receive their checks in a timely fashion it is possible that they failed to meet these deadlines and were assessed a penalty. This legislation seeks to hold these pensioners harmless by waiving any penalty that was assessed for this one time extenuating circumstance.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : See Chart.
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6454 IN SENATE January 13, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. FOLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT authorizing reimbursement for certain tax penalties THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Any member of the New York state and local employees' retirement system, or the New York state and local police and fire retirement system, who was eligible to receive a pension check on Decem- ber 30, 2009 but for reasons not ascribable to their own negligence did not receive such check in a timely fashion, shall be reimbursed by any municipality from which they were charged a late fee for failure to pay their school taxes or property taxes. Individuals receiving such reimbursement shall only be eligible for reimbursement if they are up to date on the taxes for which they are seeking reimbursement by the effec- tive date of this section. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15428-01-0