Senior citizens who currently receive the Enhanced STAR property-tax break on their New York State taxes will have to enroll in an income-verification program in 2019 to ensure they get this valuable rebate. A new law this year requires that all property owners age 65 and over who are eligible for Enhanced STAR will need to complete a form with their local tax assessor to verify their income.
If you as the property owner have already completed this form in recent years, you won't have to do it again, but if you haven't completed the form, you need to do so this year. After the form is completed once, it won't need to be completed yearly going forward.
In the first year, the assessor verifies an applicant's eligibility based on the income information provided. In the following years, the state tax department will independently verify enrollees' incomes, meaning Enhanced STAR recipients will not need to renew their exemption each year and will not have to provide copies of tax returns to the local local assessor.
To find out more about these changes, visit the New York State Tax Department Website's Enhanced STAR Income Verification Page. General information about the Senior Exemption can be found here.