Valhalla, N.Y. – 10/26/2012 – Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I), Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge) and Senate Candidate Bob Cohen today hosted a press conference at the Valhalla train station to remind business owners that they are eligible for a refund from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. They are urging business owners to apply for their refunds on their MTA payroll tax before the November 2nd deadlines.

The court’s ruling is under appeal, but should it be upheld, taxpayers would be permitted to submit a claim for a tax refund of any and all MTA Payroll taxes paid. The deadline to file a claim on a payment made in November of 2009 is November 2, 2012, in accordance with the three-year statute of limitations.

To ensure that proper payments are made in the event that the court’s ruling is upheld, a protective claim may be filed through the Department of Tax and Finance’s website or by calling (518) 485-2392. More information regarding this matter and links to the electronic form can be found by clicking here.

“The message is simple, get your claim in immediately so you are eligible to receive the tax dollars you never should have been made to pay in the first place! Since this tax was created, I have been fighting for a full repeal, and this ruling will allow us to return the MTA’s ill gotten gains on an expedited time frame,” said Senator Greg Ball. “We are now urging all businesses owners to file their protective claim so they are eligible to receive a retroactive refund immediately! I will continue to work with my colleagues in the legislature, along with the Governor, to expedite this process.”

“It’s time for Westchester’s taxpayers to take back what is theirs,” Castelli said. “The MTA Payroll Tax robbed our job creators of money that they worked day-in and day-out to earn. This is money that is owed to our taxpayers and will finally be returned. I urge our friends and neighbors who were unfairly burdened by this unconstitutional tax to submit their claims as soon as possible so that they receive every single penny they are owed.”

“I am happy to see that this tax has been ruled unconstitutional and I hope that the appellate court upholds this ruling. This tax hurts small business and should have never been created,” said Cohen. “I am urging all business owners that have been affected by this tax to fill a protective claim today for their refund.”


For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200-9796



About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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