Reminder to Veterans and Seniors to File NY State Tax Exemptions

A reminder to seniors and veterans who believe that they are eligible for a property tax exemption -- please file an application with the Town Assessor’s office by March 1.

Our Town’s veterans can be eligible for an additional NY State Tax Exemption that applies only to School District Taxes.

The following are some of the requirements to obtain this School Tax Alternative Veterans exemption which you should consider before applying:
•You must reside in one of the following participating school districts: Elwood, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Half Hollow Hills, Harborfields, Northport-East Northport and South Huntington;
•The approval is not automatic for veterans who currently have the Eligible Funds Veterans exemption – those veterans must make a new application to the Assessor’s Office;
•Receipt of certain combat-related medals or ribbons may increase this exemption;
•The exemption began in the 2015/2016 tax year (tax bill for the period of December 1, 2015 through November 30, 2016).

A completed application for the School Tax Alternative Veterans exemption, and all required supporting documentation, must be filed with the Town Assessor no later than March 1, 2016. To obtain an application, or for questions, please call the Assessor’s Office at: 351-3226. Veterans can also contact the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs at: 1-888-838-7697 for further information.

For our Seniors who reside in the Town of Huntington and who will be 65-years of age or older by December 31, 2016, you may be eligible for two Senior Tax Exemptions on your December 2016 tax bill (if you do not already have one or both of them). The deadline to file is March 1, 2016, in the Town Assessor’s Office.

The first is the Enhanced STAR school tax exemption, which can double the tax savings of the Basic STAR exemption and is primarily funded by New York State. The requirements are:

1) All owners must be 65 years of age by December 31, 2016 (except husband and wife or sibling co-owners; only one needs to be 65).

2) Your 2014 income cannot exceed $84,550 (Federal Adjusted Gross less taxable IRA distributions).

3) You will need to file an application with the Town Assessor’s Office by March 1, 2016.

The second is a limited income Senior Citizen exemption that can also reduce School, County, Police, Town, Highway and Library tax. For this exemption, your 2015 income cannot exceed $37,400. As a Councilman, I have always voted for the maximum savings for this Senior exemption.

Should you have any questions or if you need an application, please contact the Town Assessor’s Office at: 351-3226 to speak with a representative during normal business hours - Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or visit the Town’s website at: www.HuntingtonNY.gov.

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