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

New York State has changed its requirements for the Enhanced STAR tax rebate 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 are now required to verify their income with their local assessor’s office by enrolling in the Income Verification Program (IVP). 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.

“Enhanced STAR is a valuable program to help our senior citizens offset tax expenses, and we want to ensure they have the information needed to leverage the benefits,” said Washingtonville Central School District Superintendent Roy Reese. Approximately 650,000 New Yorkers receive Enhanced STAR every year, providing eligible senior citizens with an average tax break of about $1,400.

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.

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