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Desk of Legislator Norma Gonsalves

Reminder: Deadline to File Tax Exemptions

Is Fast Approaching

One way to help cut household costs is to make sure that you are receiving all possible property tax exemptions to help minimize your household tax burden. The deadline to file property tax exemption applications is approaching. All applications must be returned to the Nassau County Department of Assessment on or by Jan. 4, 2010.

Basic STAR is the New York State School Tax Relief program that provides an exemption from school property taxes for owner-occupied, primary residences. All homeowners, regardless of age or income may apply for the Basic STAR Exemption. Call 571-1500 or visit for an application today.


Senior Citizen Property Tax Exemption

Senior Citizen homeowners in Nassau County whose incomes fall within certain guidelines are eligible to receive an exemption on their real property taxes. In order to participate in the exemption program, at least one property owner must be 65 years of age or older and the combined income of property owners must fall within the required guidelines. Renewal applications have been sent to residents already receiving senior citizen property tax exemptions. The filing period for the exemption runs through Jan. 4 and the income limits and corresponding exemptions are as follows:

Annual Gross Income Percentage of

Property Tax Exemption

Up to and including $29,000 50%

At least $29,001 but less than $30,000 45%

At least $30,000 but less than $31,000 40%

At least $31,000 but less than $32,000 35%

At least $32,000 but less than $32,900 30%

At least $32,900 but less than $33,800 25%

At least $33,800 but less than $34,700 20%

At least $34,700 but less than $35,600 15%

At least $35,600 but less than $36,500 10%

At least $36,500 but less than $37,400 5%

Enhanced STAR School Tax Exemption

Senior homeowners 65 years of age and over are reminded that, even if their incomes are higher than the above table, they may still be eligible to receive the Enhanced STAR exemption if their annual adjusted gross incomes are under $74,700.

All completed applications submitted with the required documentation must be postmarked by Jan. 4 to apply for the 2010-2011 school and the 2010-2011 county and town tax bills and submitted to the Nassau County Department of Assessment, 240 Old Country Road, Mineola, NY 11501 before the Jan. 4 deadline.

“I urge all eligible residents to obtain applications and apply for all exemptions that you may be qualified to receive,” said Gonsalves.