Notice: Proof of Payment For Local Tax Required
As of August 1, 2013, the Office of the Westchester County Clerk will enforce a provision in the New York State Tax Law, in conjunction with local laws in Mount Vernon, Peekskill and Yonkers, requiring that local transfer tax must be paid BEFORE the recording of a conveyance paper in our office.
• This change impacts conveyances in Mount Vernon, Peekskill and Yonkers only.
• Conveyance papers presented for recording on or after August 1, 2013 must be supported by a stamped receipt provided by the relevant municipality if any portion of the property conveyed lies in Mount Vernon, Peekskill or Yonkers.
• The Property Records Electronic Portal (PREP) System will automatically generate a bar-coded cover page which must accompany the local transfer tax receipt.
• No additional recording fee is due in connection with the submission of the local transfer tax receipt.
• A stamped receipt is required whether or not local transfer tax is due.|
• Local transfer tax continues to be paid directly to the local municipality.
• If a package was initially submitted prior to August 1, 2013, but the conveyance paper was rejected, the requirement of providing a stamped receipt will be waived provided the conveyance paper, and any accompanying documents which were also rejected, are resubmitted on or before September 2, 2013.
For your convenience, we attach a chart prepared by the New York State Land Title Association which summarizes the procedure for filing local transfer tax returns in Mount Vernon, Peekskill and Yonkers. The Office of the Westchester County Clerk does not collect either the local transfer tax return or the local transfer tax. If you have questions or concerns about this new requirement, please call the PREP Help Line at (914)995-3111.
Pistol Permit Opt-Out Update
The NYSAFE Act, signed into law in January, provided a process for pistol licensees to shield their names and addresses from public disclosure. The law allows a pistol licensee, or an applicant for a pistol license, to “opt-out” by completing a NYS Firearms License Request for Public Records Exemption form. Once this request is approved, the name and address of the pistol licensee will not be released in response to a FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request.
“A tremendous number of pistol permit licensees have availed themselves of NYSAFE Act provisions and requested that their name not be released in response to a FOIL request,” shared Westchester County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni, whose office mailed the form to all active pistol license holders in Westchester County. “I have heard from a few residents who indicated they ‘missed the deadline’ for seeking an exception, so I want to be sure pistol licensees have the facts,” offered Idoni.
The NYSAFE Act temporarily froze release of pistol permit licensee information in response to FOIL requests until mid-May to allow for the collection and processing of opt-out forms. A request for an exception from disclosure can be submitted at any time and will be promptly processed upon receipt. The opt-out forms are available at the Licensing Division of the Office of the Westchester County Clerk, located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, White Plains and can also be downloaded here.