Governor Cuomo announced yesterday, if you run a New York State business that collects sales tax, you had to file your quarterly tax return as of yesterday. However, in light of the large scale downsizing and temporary closure of businesses as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, businesses won’t face penalties or interest if the payment is not made.

Many of Delaware County’s businesses have been deeply affected by the sweeping closures and staffing reductions, making this concession welcome news to all of our business owners. In keeping with the same spirit of this executive order the Delaware County Board of Supervisors along with the Delaware County Treasurer is announcing a similar compromise for the occupancy tax that is due.

The Delaware County Treasurer has stated there will be leniency for those that cannot pay this tax at this time due to the COVID-19 crisis. Not unlike the state, a date for payment has not been set. This is an ever changing situation and we cannot determine how long the closures and staff reductions will be ordered. Once we can assess the duration of this situation and the impacts that it has had on Delaware County businesses we will set a due date.

We are hopeful this is a brief temporary situation for all of us. In the meantime, we are committed to helping our local businesses as much as possible.