Important Reminder for
Homeowners Who are Turning 65
Most homeowners who will turn 65 this year are eligible to upgrade from the state’s
Basic STAR school tax exemption to the more generous Enhanced
STAR exemption. However, the change is not automatic, and
applications must be filed with your local Assessor’s Office by
March 1, 2012, the taxable filing deadline.
Eligibility for Enhanced STAR is based on income and age,
both of which must be documented. The maximum combined income for all of the
owners of the property is $79,050 and is based on federally adjusted gross income
for the 2010 tax year. Your tax return must be submitted as proof of income. If you
do not pay income taxes, your yearly Form 1099 income records from Social Security,
pensions, interest, dividends, etc. must be submitted.
Enhanced STAR is limited to persons 65 years of age or older.
Proof of age can be documented by a driver license or state-issued non-driver ID,
a passport, a birth or baptismal certificate, military records, or other reliable records
that prove age. For property owned by a married couple or by siblings, at least one
of the owners must be 65 years old as of December 31, 2012.
3514 Delaware Avenue
Kenmore, NY 14217
Room 847, LOB
Albany, NY 12248