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Are You Taking Advantage of Exemptions?

Most people are familiar with the STAR, Enhanced STAR, Veterans, Cold War Veterans, Disabled and Agricultural exemptions. However, there are more than 527 ways that exemptions can be obtained by people, villages or towns. Always ask your assessor if you qualify for any exemptions and review the complete list here

Where to File Exemption Applications

Exemption applications must be filed with your local assessor’s office.  See  Municipal Profiles for your local assessor’s mailing address.  Do not file any exemption applications with the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance or with the Office of Real Property Tax Services.

March 1 is the Deadline to File Exemption Applications

This is the deadline for filing applications with your local assessor for exemptions including the most commonly used exemptions such as the Agricultural, Veterans, STAR and Enhanced STAR.

 See list of all the exemptions.

Enhanced STAR

Important notice for enhanced star -  Many people miss their first year of eligibility for this exemption by not understanding the age qualifications. The exemption reads that you must be 65 in that taxable year. This means if you turn 65 at any time (even December 31st) in this taxable year and apply for the Enhanced STAR exemption prior to March 1st (when you are 64) you will be eligible for that year. 
The income limit for the 2018 roll is $86,000.  Everything you list is income EXCEPT distributions from an IRA account. So if you are looking at your taxes to see if you qualify, it would be your adjusted gross income minus any number on line 15b (if applicable).
Enhanced STAR applicants must give the assessor their adjusted income from 2016 prior to March 1st.  In most towns the deadline is March 1st. Always check with your assessor to see what the date is in your town.
See instructions for the Application for the Partial Real Property Tax Exemption for Senior Citizens Exemption

Enhanced STAR Renewal Application

You must timely file an annual renewal application (Form RP-467-Rnw) in the assessor’s office to continue the exemption. Although some assessing units may accept renewal applications to be filed after the taxable status date, you should file the renewal application on or before such date. Some municipalities permit the filing of affidavits (Form RP-467-aff/ctv for a city, town, or village, Form RP-467-aff/s for a school district) in lieu of renewal applications after the exemption has been granted on five consecutive assessment rolls.

Form RP-467-I:7/16:Instructions for the Application for the ...

July 1 is the Deadline for New Homeowners to Register with NYS to Receive a STAR Credit Check in September

Existing STAR recipients don’t need to take any action – they will continue to receive the property tax exemption. Homeowners—including all who purchased their primary residence after August 1, 2015—must register for STAR with New York State instead of applying with their assessor. Property owners who bought their home before May 1, 2014, will continue to receive the STAR exemption and don’t need to take any action.

New STAR applicants are eligible for the STAR credit rather than the STAR property tax exemption, which they may have received for previously owned properties. Homeowners will receive a STAR check instead of an exemption on their school property tax bill. The eligibility rules are the same.

See complete details

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