BASIC STAR Exemption
Beginning in 2016, any homeowner who is applying for the FIRST TIME or is a NEW HOMEOWNER, will be required to register with the Department of Taxation and Finance. You should contact them directly at 518-457-2036 or register online at www.tax.ny.gov/star . YOU will NO LONGER file your application with the Assessment Office. To register for the BASIC STAR Exemption, click on this link:
Requirements for Senior Exemptions
There are two exemptions available for Senior’s that you may apply for in the year that you are turning 65. The Senior Citizens Exemption, or AGED; and the School Tax Assessment Relief Program for Seniors called the Enhanced STAR. These two exemptions are for Homeowners whose house is their principal place of residency. The filing date for these two exemptions is March 1.
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. This may be subject to change so that should be verified by contacting the Assessor’s Office. 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 automatic exemption and one needs to apply for this each year.
The ENHANCED School Tax Assessment Relief (STAR Program) is available to home owners who are 65 years or older and meet income limitations and requirements. Only one homeowner needs to be 65 or older. This is known also as the Senior STAR exemption. 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 tax return. This is not an automatic exemption and one needs to apply for this each year. However, you can apply for the voluntary Income Verification Program (IVP) and the New York State Tax Department will notify the Assessor’s Office if you qualify. If this is the case, you do not need to come to the Assessor’s Office each year.
If you have had Basic STAR in previous years (on your current property) and will turn 65 before December 31, 2017, you can apply for the Enhanced STAR for 2017 with the Assessment Office. Income limit is under $86,000. We require a copy of your 2015 tax return, and a copy of your driver’s license for proof of age and residency. You may pick up a copy of the application in the Assessor’s Office or you can download a copy by clicking on the link below:
Please click on the following link for more information on the STAR Program.
Other Property Tax Exemptions go to www.tax.ny.gov
Search by Real Property (RP) Number:
- Business / Commercial RP–485-b
- Agricultural RP-305
- Clergy RP-460
- Disability RP-459-c
- Not-for-Profit RP-420
- Veterans RP-458-b
Frequently Asked Questions
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. (Note the Taxable Status Date explained above).
Is the STAR exemption still available?
Yes. Both the STAR and Enhanced STAR are still available. However, the NYS “Middle-Class STAR” rebate program was discontinued by New York State. The Assessor’s Office will post reminders on the Town’s website regarding the STAR renewal process.
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.