ALBANY — The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is reminding property owners age 65 and over that March 1 is the deadline, in most communities, to apply or reapply to receive the Enhanced STAR exemption in 2019.
A change in 2019 requires Enhanced STAR recipients to enroll in the Income Verification Program (IVP). Those already enrolled in the IVP don’t need to take any action to continue receiving their Enhanced STAR exemption.
IVP program information is now also available in Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and other languages and can be accessed under the Resources heading on the Enhanced STAR Income Verification (IVP) webpage.
In the first year of enrollment, the assessor will verify eligibility based on the income information provided by the homeowner. In subsequent years, the New York State Tax Department will automatically verify income eligibility. As a result, homeowners will no longer need to renew the exemption or share income tax returns with their local assessor’s office.
This change applies only to seniors 65 or older applying for the Enhanced STAR exemption, or those who have the exemption included in their property tax bills. This doesn’t affect those who receive a STAR check for this benefit because the Tax Department already verifies their income eligibility.
“Of the 650,000 seniors receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption, roughly 75 percent of them are already enrolled in the IVP,” said Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion. “Once enrolled, property owners will automatically receive their exemption as long as they’re eligible and won’t have to reapply with their assessor.”