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Exemptions FAQ’s

When do I need to file my exemption by?

• You must file all exemption applications with the Assessor’s office by March 1 (known as the “Taxable Status Date”) in order for the exemption to be applied to your next tax bill. Applications can be mailed or hand deliver to the Assessor in Room 100 at Huntington Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743.

Can I get a summary of Tax Exemptions available to homeowners?
» Download the "Residential Property Tax Exemptions in the Town of Huntington" booklet or pick up a copy at the Assessor's Office in Town Hall.

How Do I get Information on and apply for STAR Exemptions?

• A change in State law now limits Basic STAR school tax relief to those with personal incomes of less than $500,000 (five hundred thousand dollars). The NYS Department of Taxation & Finance will identify parcels with an “affiliated income” of over $500,000 no longer eligible to receive a Basic STAR exemption.

• The Basic STAR application is available by here, after October 1, 2014.  Please note, only download and fill out this form if you are a new property homowner (Purchased after March 1, 2014 but before March 1, 2015) and this is your first time applying for the BASIC STAR Exemption.

 

What about the Enhanced STAR Exemption?

• Senior Citizens (age 65 and older) where the combined income of the property owners (or the combined income of the owner and resident spouse) is $83,300 or less are eligible for Enhanced STAR.
» The Enhanced STAR application is available after October 1, 2014.

How Do I renew my Enhanced STAR Exemption?

• If you have applied for the Enhanced STAR and signed up for the Income Verification Program, the NYS Department of Taxation & Finance verifies your income eligibility annually, making your renewal automatic.
• If you have applied for Enhanced STAR and been approved but did not sign up for the Income Verification Program, a renewal application form will be mailed to you in December.

Can I get Information on Senior Exemptions?

» Download the Senior Citizens Exemption Q&A booklet. 
» Download the Residential Property Tax Exemption booklet.
» Download the Enhanced STAR Application.
• The Senior Low Income RP-467 Form will be available in January. You can call the Assessor’s Office at (631) 351-3226 to be placed on a mailing list for this form. 

Can I get a Senior Citizens with Limited-Income Exemption Application?

• Applications are not available until the end of December. Please call the Assessor’s office at (631) 351-3226 to be put on a mailing list.
• Each of the owners must be a senior (age 65 and older) by December 31st of the application year (except for husband and wife, or siblings, where only one must be 65 or older). The property must be a legal residence, used for residential purposes and occupied by all the owners.
• Maximum income level is $37,400 (Social Security is included as income). Applicants are allowed to deduct documented medical and prescription drug expenses actually paid. (Medical expenses reimbursed through insurance are disallowed.)
• The Senior Citizens Limited-Income Exemption application and medical worksheet is available in January on the Forms & Applications page.

How do I get a Renewal Application for the Senior Citizens with Limited Income Exemption?

• A renewal Application will be automatically mailed to you in December. 
• The Senior Citizens renewal application and medical worksheet is available in January on the Forms & Applications page.
• All Exemption Applications must be in to the Assessor’s Office by March 1.

How do I get Information on the Persons with Disabilities and Limited-Income Exemption?

• The property must be the primary legal residence of owner/applicant.
• The owner must be a person with a disability and have a documented award letter from the Social Security Administration certifying applicant's eligibility to receive SSDI or SSI. (Award letters from the Railroad Retirement Board, State Commission for the Blind & Visually Handicapped and US Postal Service are also accepted).
• Applications become available at the end of December. Please call the Assessor’s office at (631) 351-3226 to be put on a mailing list.
• All Exemption applications must be completed, signed and received by the Assessor’s Office on or before March 1 of that year.
» Download NYS Exemptions for Persons with Disabilities & Limited Income Q&A booklet.
• Renewal applications for the Persons with Disabilities and Limited Income Exemption become available in January when they can be downloaded from the from the Forms & Applications page along with the medical expense worksheet. 

What are the Different Veterans Exemptions?

• Alternative Veterans Exemption
• Cold War Veterans Exemption
• Eligible Funds Veterans Exemption
• Gold Star Parent Veterans Exemption
» Download the NYS Veterans Exemption Q&A booklet.
» Download the Residential Property Tax Exemptions in the Town of Huntington booklet.

How Do I File for a Alternative Veterans Exemption?
• You must have served during wartime. (Additional consideration for combat zone service and service connected disabilities.) 
» Download the Alternative Veterans Exemption Instructions.
» Download the Alternative Veterans Exemption Application.
» Download the Residential Property Tax Exemptions in the Town of Huntington booklet.

How do I File for an Eligible Funds Exemption?

• Veterans who served before 1984 and purchased property using service pensions, bonuses or insurance under the G.I. Bill are allowed to transfer their existing eligible funds from one property to another if they sell one house and buy another.
» Download Eligible Funds Veterans Exemption Instructions.
» Download the Eligible Funds Exemption Application.
» Download the Residential Property Tax Exemptions in the Town of Huntington booklet.

How do I File for the Cold War Veterans Exemption?

• For Veterans who served during non-war, non-conflict years after WWII (1945) and before the Persian Gulf Conflict (1991).
» Download Cold War Veterans Exemption form. 
» Download the Residential Property Tax Exemptions in the Town of Huntington booklet.

How do I File for the Gold Star Parent Veterans Exemption?

• For the parents of a son or daughter who died in the line of duty while serving in the US Armed Forces during a period of war.
• Gold Star Parent Veterans Exemption is part of the Alternative Veterans Exemption.
» Download Alternative Veterans Exemption Instructions.
» Download Alternative Veterans Exemption Application.
» Download the Residential Property Tax Exemptions in the Town of Huntington booklet.

Can I get Information about the Home Improvement Exemption?

• The assessment increase for residential construction and home improvements that add taxable value to an existing home can be phased-in over nine (9) years. The maximum units of assessed value that may be phased-in is $1,696 (one thousand six hundred ninety-six). Eligibility Requirements: 
1) Property must be a one or two-family residence. 
2) Construction is current and has all required permits. 
3) One-time application must be filed timely (on or before March 1) to be considered for the following December’s property tax bill.

How Do I Apply for the Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers Exemption?

• Qualified enrolled volunteers with at least five (5) years of active service may apply. Download Volunteer Firefighter & Ambulance Worker Exemption Information booklet.
» Download the Volunteer Firefighter & Ambulance Worker Exemption Application or pick one up from the Department where you volunteer.

Can I get information on the First Time Homebuyers Exemption?

• This Exemption is for “newly constructed homes” purchased by “first-time” homebuyers.
• A “first-time homebuyer” is any person who—and whose spouse—has not owned a primary residential property during the previous three (3) years and who do not own a vacation or investment home. 
• A qualifying “newly constructed home” is a one-or two-family residence, townhouse or condominium, which was constructed after November 28, 2001, is owner-occupied, and was not previously occupied.
» Download First Time Home Buyer Exemption Information booklet.
» Download First Time Home Buyer Exemption Application.
» Download the Residential Property Tax Exemptions in the Town of Huntington booklet.