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Important Information for Senior Citizens Enrolled in the NYS Enhanced STAR Exemption Program

New York State has changed its requirements for the Enhanced STAR Exemption program, which is available to property owners 65 and older with qualifying incomes of $86,300 or less. Eligible participants of the Enhanced STAR program must enroll in the Income Verification Program (IVP) when renewing their exemption for 2019. The enrollment deadline for the 2019-2020 school year is March 1, 2019.

Seniors who already receive the Enhanced STAR exemption but are not enrolled in the IVP must renew their application. The assessor will verify eligibility based on the income information provided. Once enrolled in the IVP, recipients will not have to renew each subsequent year. Recipients who are already enrolled in the IVP program do not need to take any further action unless contacted by the Tax Department.

In addition to the changes in the Enhanced STAR program process, there has been a change in the application process for a Partial Tax Exemption for Real Property of Senior Citizens (also known as the senior citizens or aged exemption). Seniors who qualify for this exemption will also need to renew their application with the local assessor to continue receiving this benefit.

"The Enhanced STAR program and Senior Citizen Exemption program offer important tax savings benefits for our seniors, who are often on fixed incomes. We want to make sure everyone is aware of the changes and have taken the steps needed so they can continue to benefit from the programs," said Superintendent Tom Bongiovi.

For further information, please contact your local assessor’s office or call the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance at 518-457-2036. Additional information is also available on the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance website.