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STAR

The New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR) provides homeowners with two types of partial exemptions from school property taxes. If you earn less than $500,000 and own and live in your home, you’re probably eligible for the STAR exemption. There are two types of STAR exemptions: The Basic STAR Exemption and the Enhanced STAR Exemption.

Basic STAR 

The Basic STAR exemption is available to all persons who owner-occupy their residential property and whose 2013 income (owner and spouse) was under $500,000 (Homeowners).  There are 3 categories of Homeowners who may be entitled to the Basic STAR exemption for the 2015/16 tax year (Dec 1, 2015 to Nov 30, 2016 tax bill).  Some of these Homeowners need to register with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF); others need to file a Basic STAR application with the Town of Huntington Assessor’s Office (Assessor’s Office); and others do not need to register or file an application.

Homeowners who do not need to Register with DTF or file an Application with the Assessor’s Office:  Homeowners of an existing property that had the Basic STAR exemption prior to 3/1/13 and who registered with DTF for the 2014/15 tax year (Dec 1, 2014 to Nov 30, 2015 tax bill).

Homeowners who need to Register with DTF but do not need to file an Application with the Assessor’s Office:  Homeowners of an existing property that obtained the Basic STAR exemption after purchasing the existing property between 3/1/13 and 3/1/14 and who filed an application with the Assessor’s Office for the 2014/15 tax year (Dec 1, 2014 to Nov 30, 2015 tax bill).  These Homeowners will be notified by DTF about the registration process but do not need to file an application with the Assessor’s Office.

Homeowners who need to file and Application with the Assessor’s Office but do not need to Register with DTF:  Homeowners who purchased property between 3/1/14 and 3/1/15.  These Homeowners are required to file an application with the Assessor’s Office for the 2015/16 tax year (Dec 1, 2015 to Nov 30, 2016 tax bill) but do not need to register with DTF.  The application to the Assessor’s Office must be filed with the Assessor’s Office no later than March 2, 2015.

A Basic STAR application and instructions for filing with the Assessor’s Office can be downloaded here Basic STAR Application or from the Assessor’s Exemption page of the Town of Huntington website, or obtained by visiting the Assessor’s Office at Huntington Town Hall.

 

Enhanced STAR
 

The Enhanced STAR exemption provides an increased benefit for the primary residence of a senior citizen (age 65 and older) who has a qualifying 2013 income of less than $83,300.  

An Enhanced STAR exemption application and instructions for filing the application with the Assessor’s Office can be downloaded here Enhanced STAR exemption , Enhanced STAR instructions and from the Assessor’s Exemption page of the Town of Huntington website, or obtained by visiting the Assessor’s Office at Huntington Town Hall.

An Enhanced STAR exemption application must be filed with the Assessor’s Office no later than March 2, 2015 for the 2015/16 tax year (Dec 1, 2015 to Nov 30, 2016 tax bill).

STAR exemptions apply only to School District taxes, not to other taxes such as county, town or special districts.