What's New with Assessor

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Due to recent legislation, New York State Tax and Finance has changed the STAR exemption program to a credit program for new applicants. Property owners who closed on a new home after March 2, 2015, or who have never had the exemption before must register with the New York State Tax Department to receive STAR credit check.

Register anytime at www.tax.ny.gov/star - it only takes a few minutes.

Residents without access to a computer can register by phone weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling (518) 457-2036.

Property owners currently enrolled in either the BASIC or the ENHANCED STAR exemption program will continue to receive the exemption on their school bill.

Your STAR benefit is the same regardless of how you receive it.

Types of STAR exemptions:

      BASIC STAR: available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the adjusted gross income of the resident owner and spouse is less than $500,000.

      ENHANCED STAR:  available for owner-occupied, primary residences where all owners must be at least 65 years old (unless the owners are spouses or siblings, in which case, at least one owner must be at least 65) AND for the 2019 assessment roll, the 2017 adjusted gross income limit may not exceed $86,300. If you have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) you can subtract the amount on Line 15b from Line 37 on your 2017 Federal Tax Return.

NEW 2019 CHANGES FOR ENHANCED STAR: The NYS Income Verification Program (IVP) is now required due to new legislation. This automatically renews your Enhanced STAR starting in 2020 for those not already registered in the program. If you are applying for the first time or reapplying, you must enroll in the IVP program by providing your social security number for NYS so that they may automatically determine your eligibility and renewal. You only need to enroll once, and you will receive the exemption each year, as long as you’re eligible. Additional benefits include the comfort of knowing you cannot miss the renewal deadline and you will no longer need to share your income tax returns with the assessor’s office.

The supplemental form RP-425-e (IVP) must accompany the filed Enhanced STAR renewal application for 2019. Once on file, you will no longer annually reapply with the Assessor’s Office, as NYS with be verifying your income. You must file your renewal application, along with the IVP form, with the Assessor’s Office this year, prior to March 1, 2019, so that you are enrolled with NYS for the future.

NEW 2019 CHANGES FOR SENIOR CITIZEN EXEMPTIONS: In the past, senior citizens who qualified for the senior citizen exemption (2017 income must be below $37,400) were automatically granted the Enhanced STAR exemption. Due to new changes in New York State law, beginning with applications for 2019, you must apply separately for the Senior Citizen Exemption and the Enhanced STAR exemption. In addition, you must also include an Income Verification Program (IVP) form with your social security number so that NYS can determine your future eligibility and renewal for the Enhanced Star portion of your Senior Citizen exemption. You will continue to reapply for your Senior Citizen exemption in the Assessor’s Office. You will reapply, in the Assessor’s Office, for the Enhanced STAR only for 2019, and include the IVP form with your social security number. Then beginning in 2020, NYS will review your eligibility, only for the Enhanced STAR portion of the exemption.