2017 STAR Requirements

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As a result of recent legislative changes, the School Tax Relief (STAR) program is being restructured by New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

For new owners of property, or if you have owned prior to 2015 and have never had a STAR exemption on your property, you must contact New York State Office of Taxation & Finance at (518) 457-2036 or website: www.tax.ny.gov to register for STAR.

The STAR (School Tax Relief) Program grants a partial exemption from school taxes for owner-occupied, primary residences.

Basic STAR: You are eligible if you are the homeowner, under age 65, live on your property and have an adjusted income below $500,000. You may also be eligible if you are age 65 and over and your 2015 adjusted gross income is above $86,000 and below $500,000.

Enhanced Senior STAR: Owners age 65 and over with a 2015 adjusted gross income of $86,000 or less are eligible. Proof of age and income must be provided when you first apply. Proof of income is needed upon annual renewal.

Low Income Senior Citizens’ Partial Real Property Tax Exemption: This offers separate exemption on property taxes to low-income property owners ages 65 and over. The reduction is applied to both school and property tax bills. To qualify, you must meet income guidelines. Proof of age (65 by March 1st), unadjusted gross income for 2016 and ownership for one year prior to application is required. Proof of current 2016 income is needed for renewal applications in the same period. Annual application must be made for this exemption.

To receive the Enhanced Senior STAR Exemption or the Senior Citizens’ Partial Real Property Tax Exemption, you must complete applications with your local Assessment office each year between January 1 and March 1. If you receive the Senior Citizens’ Partial Real Property Tax Exemption, you automatically qualify for the Enhanced STAR.

For information, call your local Assessment Office or the Office for Aging at 778-2411.

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