1. When should I apply for exemptions?
All exemption applications and renewal forms (Aged, STAR, Veterans, Non-Profit) must be submitted to the Assessor’s Office January 1 through March 1st of each year in order for it to apply for that year’s upcoming taxes.
2. Is everyone eligible for the STAR exemption?
The STAR Program is an exemption application process for all owners who occupy their residence and the income level does not exceed $500,000. Applicants must submit a valid New York State Driver’s License showing address of property location and a current utility bill and a copy of the current year tax return (first page.) (Federal 1040 or NYS IT-201). STAR only applies to school taxes. This exemption will not apply to those who claim occupancy in additional residences, whether or not they are located in New York State or elsewhere.
3. What is the difference between the Basic and Enhanced version of STAR?
As noted above, the basic STAR can apply to all owner-occupiers, and an additional amount of exemption may be granted for those residents who are 65 years of age and whose income does not exceed $79,050 (2011 Federal Adjusted Gross) for the 2013 assessment roll.
4. What are the exemption options for veterans?
The Town offers the Alternative Veterans Exemption for those who have served during specified periods of war.
Recently, the State Legislature passed an additional real property tax exemption for those who served in the armed forces during the period defined as the “Cold War” between September 2, 1945 through December 26, 1991. Previously, there have been periods since World War II where a veteran, because of the dates of service, was not eligible for the Alternative Veterans Exemption already offered to veterans in Orangetown. This new option effectively closed this gap.
5. Are there exemptions for Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers?
The Town opted into the Volunteer Firefighters/Ambulance Workers Exemption Program (RPTL 466) for members of volunteer fire companies, departments and ambulance services who have served for at least five years to receive a real property tax exemption for Town and County purposes. The dollar amount, however, is minimal (currently amounting to an assessment reduction of 1,520 dollars for 2013 and an actual tax amount savings of $16.51 for a homeowner in the Town outside of villages. Legislation passed in August, 2007 allows, in lieu of this exemption, for an income tax credit of $200 on an individual’s NYS income tax. In some cases, this may be more beneficial for the volunteer fire fighter or ambulance worker than the property tax reduction. Please contact the Assessor’s Office for more details.