New York State senior citizens who take advantage of the Enhanced School Tax Relief (STAR) program will need to enroll in the Income Verification Program with their local assessor by March 1, 2019. This new requirement by the state is designed to verify the eligibility of homeowners who receive this benefit.
Senior citizens only need to enroll once, and they will receive the exemption each year, as long as they are eligible.
The STAR program provides homeowners with a partial exemption on their school taxes. Basic STAR is available to homeowners with a household income below $500,000 and Enhanced STAR is an additional tax exemption open to people 65 or older with an income of $86,300 or less. The Income Verification Program only applies to Enhanced STAR applicants.
Seniors who are already in the Income Verification Program do not need to take any action to continue receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption.
For more information, visit the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance website.
How to Enroll
To apply or reapply for the Enhanced STAR exemption, submit the following to your assessor:
- Form RP-425-IVP, Supplement to Forms RP-425-E and RP-425-Rnw (include the Social Security numbers of all owners of the property and any of their spouses who reside at the property); and either:
- for Basic STAR recipients upgrading to Enhanced STAR: Form RP-425-E, Application for Enhanced STAR Exemption for the 2019-2020 School Year, or
- for renewal applicants: Form RP-425-Rnw, Renewal Application for Enhanced STAR Exemption for the 2019-2020 School Year.