If you were born in 1959 and turning 65 this year, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly would like to wish you a happy birthday and remind you to file your property tax exemption forms before March 1, regardless of your month and date of birth.
This 65th birthday milestone entitles eligible seniors to important benefits including the Enhanced STAR tax reduction and the Senior Citizens Property Tax Exemption. Depending on total income, the reduction could be significant. The adjusted gross income threshold for Enhanced STAR is $98,700 (for 2022) and the income threshold for the Senior Citizens Property Tax Exemption is $58,400 gross (for 2022).
If you qualify, the two applications must be filed with your own Town Assessor on or before March 1 of the year you turn 65. Under New York State law, if you turn 65 after March 1 and wait until your birthday to file you will lose the next year’s exemption. In addition, if you were born prior to 1959 and think you are entitled to but not yet receiving STAR benefits, you also must apply before the March 1st deadline. The Enhanced STAR form is RP-425-E and RP-425-IVP; the Senior Citizens Property Tax Exemption form is RP-467. Applications are available online at: https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/ivp.htm, on your Town’s website or may be picked up at the Assessor’s office in your respective Town Hall. For more information, contact your Town Assessor at the following phone numbers:
In Babylon, the Town Assessors office phone number is (631) 957-3014
In Huntington, the Town Assessors office phone number is (631) 351-3226
In Islip, the Town Assessors office phone number is (631) 224-5585
“As our residents enter this special time in their lives, they should be able to enjoy all of the benefits that they have earned,” said Legislator Donnelly. “The deadline is fast approaching. Please apply for your tax exemptions today so you do not miss out!"