Office of the Ulster County Comptroller

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Ulster County Comptroller
P.O. Box 1800
Kingston, New York 12402
For all other Comptroller office inquiries, contact us at: CountyComptroller@co.ulster.ny.us

News

Press Release Re: Real Property Tax Audit Release

Kingston, NY (March 29, 2023) – Ulster County Comptroller March Gallagher released a Real Property Tax Collection Audit today. The audit had four major findings. “Tax collection is one of the most sacrosanct responsibilities of government,” said County Comptroller March Gallagher. “I am relieved to be able to share with taxpayers and elected officials both evidence of our shortcomings as well as solutions in concert with the Executive and the Legislature. Weak internal controls have resulted in a situation where properties and financial obligations were mismanaged at best.

Press Release Re: Appointment of Director of Internal Audit and Control

Kingston, NY (March 21, 2023) – Ulster County Comptroller March Gallagher announces the appointment of a new staff member in the Comptroller’s Office. Comptroller Gallagher has appointed Charles Dinstuhl as the new Director of Internal Audit and Control. Charles Dinstuhl is a Certified Public Accountant who has more than 8 years of accounting experience. He began his career in public accounting conducting external audits of local municipalities, conducting internal audits of local school districts, and providing tax compliance and consulting services to a wide range of local businesses.

Recent Reports

Real Property Tax Audit with Management Comment and Exhibits

The County is responsible for the enforcement of real property taxes in accordance with New York State Real Property Tax Law (RPTL). The County’s annual real property tax revenues of approximately $76 million annually are a vital revenue source needed to support County operations. Weaknesses identified in the internal controls over the County’s real property tax system result in financial loss to taxpayers when the County is unable to recoup uncollected taxes.

Short-Term Rental Tax Compliance Snapshot

In 2020 the Comptroller’s Office audited the occupancy tax revenue collections of short-term rentals. The findings of the audit were that there was a substantial lack of compliance with Ulster County’s Occupancy Tax Law. As a result, on October 21, 2020, Ulster County entered into a voluntary collection agreement with Airbnb to collect the taxes at the point of sale.