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E-STAR program qualification now requires income verification

More paperwork is now required for seniors to qualify for New York state's Enhanced School Tax Relief, or STAR, program.

News 12 Staff

Jan 5, 2019, 12:31 AM

Updated 1,969 days ago

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More paperwork is now required for seniors to qualify for New York state's Enhanced School Tax Relief, or STAR, program.
It gives those older than 65 a rebate on property taxes if their income falls below $86,300.
Before the change, all seniors had to do was fill out a box on the Enhanced STAR application to qualify. Now, they must enroll in the Income Verification Program, a one-time process state officials say is an effort to curb fraud. That means filling out an extra form, providing proof of income like a tax return and submitting it to a local tax assessor.
Some fear that seniors won't realize they haven't filled out the paperwork for the income verification and, in turn, their taxes will rise significantly.
"It's literally making our seniors jump through hoops," says Town of Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Donald Clavin. "If you don't fill it out, you lose the discount."
Clavin also says there is a bit of confusion because some seniors are already enrolled, while others aren't. He recommends filling it out the application just to be safe.
For homeowners in Nassau County, the deadline to enroll in the Income Verification Program is Jan. 2, 2020.


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