Changes to Enhanced STAR take effect this year

New York state made changes to the Enhanced STAR tax exemption earlier this year. Now, all residents age 65 or older who are enrolled in Enhanced STAR now need to also be enrolled in the state’s income verification program to continue receiving their Enhanced STAR benefit.

The deadline to enroll is March 1.

Prior to 2019, residents who qualified for a senior citizen exemption were automatically enrolled in the Enhanced STAR exemption program. However, residents who are age 65 or older need to enroll in the income verification program to continue receiving their tax benefit.

If a resident is already enrolled in the income verification program, no action is necessary to continue receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption.

Homeowners only have to enroll in the income verification program once. After that, New York state verifies income eligibility automatically. As long as homeowners remain income-eligible, they will continue to receive the benefit every year.

For the 2019-20 school year, senior citizens age 65 and older with qualifying incomes of $86,300 or less are eligible for Enhanced STAR.

For more information on the Enhanced STAR Income Verification Program, go to https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/ivp.htm.