JOE ROBACH AND SENATE PASS BILL MAKING IT EASIER FOR SENIORS TO OBTAIN STAR EXEMPTIONS

Joe Robach and the New York State Senate passed legislation to simplify the process for senior citizens and other qualifying homeowners to apply for and receive their STAR property tax exemption. 

S1924 would eliminate the requirement that senior citizens reapply for the STAR property tax exemption every year.  Joe Robach knows that senior citizens are currently required to reapply annually for a senior citizens’ real property tax exemption, which is both unnecessary and cumbersome.  This bill will place the responsibility for checking income requirements on the taxing authority, instead of making seniors prove their eligibility every year.  Joe Robach believes that by relieving seniors of this burden, they can more effectively budget, control and determine their financial futures.
S3576 would enable local tax assessors to accept late applications for all exemptions without penalty up to the last day that a taxpayer can pay the first half of their taxes.  This legislation eliminates confusing exceptions in the real property tax law and enables taxpayers to receive every bit of tax relief of which they are eligible.

Both bills will be sent to the Assembly.