STAR Program (School Tax Assessment Relief) – New Homeowner or First Time Applying
|The STAR Exemption is closed to NEW applicants.If you are a new applicant you may receive the same benefit in the form of a check under the STAR Credit Program.Beginning in 2016, any homeowner who is applying for the first time or is a new home owner will be required to register with the Department of Taxation and Finance by calling 518-457-2036 or online at www.tax.ny.gov/star. You will no longer file your application with the Assessor’s Office.
Please control/click on the following link for more information on the STAR program.
|There are two exemptions available for Senior’s that you may apply for in the year you are turning 65. The Senior Citizens Exemption, or AGED and the STAR Program for Senior’s, called the Enhanced STAR. These two exemptions are for homeowners whose house in the Town of East Greenbush is their principal place of residency. The filing date for these two exemptions is March 1st.
The Senior Citizen Exemption (AGED) is available to homeowners who are 65 years of age or older and meet certain income limitations and requirements. The Total Household Gross Income must be no greater than $37,400. If you qualify for this exemption, you must provide us with a current year tax return or the supporting documentation for the tax return. This is not an automatically renewed exemption. You MUST submit renewal paperwork each year.
In the past, senior citizens who qualified for the AGED exemption were automatically granted the Enhanced STAR exemption. Due to 2019 changes in NYS law, first time applicants must apply separately for the AGED exemption, the Enhanced STAR exemption and now must include enrollment in the Income Verification Program (IVP). All three forms will be supplied to you upon first time enrollment.
The IVP process pertains to Enhanced STAR only. The AGED exemption MUST be renewed each year by submitting required income documentation. Enhanced STAR and IVP only require a one-time enrollment.
The Enhanced STAR Exemption and Credit Program (known as Senior STAR) is available to homeowners who are 65 years or older and meet income limitations and requirements. For jointly owned property, only one spouse or sibling must be at least 65 by December 31 of the year when the exemption will begin. The income is defined as Federal Adjusted Gross Income and varies from year to year. To qualify for this exemption you need to provide us with the previous year’s tax return.
All Enhanced STAR property owners are required to participate in the Income Verification Program (IVP). In the first year, the assessor will verify eligibility based on the previous year's income information supplied by homeowners when applying.
In the following years, the NYS Tax Department will verify income eligibility, and homeowners will NOT need to reapply or provide copies of their tax returns to the assessor. The NYS Tax Department will contact you directly if any additional information is needed.
Already enrolled in the Income Verification Program? If so, you don’t need to take any action to continue. The NYS Tax Department will contact you if any additional information is needed.
Turning 65 in 2021? If you had the Basic STAR Exemption in previous years (on your owner occupied property) and will turn 65 before December 31, 2021, you can apply for the Enhanced STAR for 2021 with the Assessor’s office. Income limit is the Federal Adjusted Gross Income of $88,050 or less. We require a completed/signed application form, completed/signed IVP form (Income Verification Program), a copy of your 2019 tax return and a copy of your driver’s license for proof of age and residency. You can pick up a copy of both forms at the Assessor’s Office or you can download a copy by control/clicking on the links below:
Other Property Tax Exemptions go to www.tax.ny.gov
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Can I get a Veteran’s Exemption if I was not in combat?
Yes; we have exemptions for non-combat and for Cold War Veterans. Exemptions also cover the widow of a qualified veteran, if she remains unmarried. When applying, please bring the following information with you:
- a first-time applicant will need to provide a Department of Defense DD Form 214, certified by the County Recorder, Recorder of Deeds, or Department of Veterans’ Affairs and a Disability Certification Letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and
- a surviving spouse applying for the first time or transferring the exemption to a new address will need to provide the disabled veteran’s death certificate and proof of ownership
If you have questions, please call the Assessor’s Office.
Can I have an exemption on more than one property?
Exemptions are given on the owner’s Primary Residence.
How can I prove my residency?
Residency can be proven by a valid Driver’s License, Car Registration, Voter’s Registration, tax return or certain utility bills.
Can I get a copy of my deed?
In most cases we have a copy of your deed. There is no charge for a copy.
Do I have to renew my exemptions every year?
Some exemptions need to be renewed annually. We send out renewal applications for these allowing plenty of time for you to file by March 1.
Is the STAR exemption still available?
The STAR Exemption is closed to NEW applicants. If you are a new applicant, you may receive the same benefit in the form of a check under the STAR Credit Program. For more information please visit: https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star
Can you tell me where to go to apply for my STAR Exemption?
The Assessor’s Office in the Town Hall at 225 Columbia Turnpike.
Please feel free to call us with any specific questions you may have.