See also NYS Taxation and Finance for more detailed information and forms. www.tax.ny.gov/research/property/
Property owners who purchased their homes after 03/01/2015:
Must register for the STAR Credit Program through the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance. You can register by calling 518-457-2036 or at www.tax.ny.gov. Must be for the owner-occupied primary residence of the owner. This exemption only applies to school taxes.
Owners who purchased prior to 03/01/2015
If you were the owner of a property who had a STAR on the 2015 Assessment Roll and need to reapply because you were out of the program intermittently you can file an RP425-B in the Assessor’s Office for the exemption program. You also have the option of registering for the STAR Credit Program which would replace the exemption program. PROOF OF RESIDENCY IS REQUIRED. (COPY OF A UTILITY BILL/DRIVER'S LICENSE with property address).
Link to RP 425-B: https://tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp425b_fill_in.pdf
Enhanced STAR – Form RP 425-E and Form RP425 IVP (Both forms are required)
Must be for the owner –occupied primary residence of property owner who is or will be 65 years of age before December 31 of that year and have a FEDERAL ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME COMBINED FOR ALL OWNERS of less than $88,050 (excluding any taxable IRA distributions). A COPY OF YOUR MOST CURRENT INCOME TAX RETURN AND THE SUPPORTING INCOME STATEMENTS ARE REQUIRED WITH SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION. PROOF OF RESIDENCY IS REQUIRED. (COPY OF A UTILITY BILL/DRIVER'S LICENSE with property address). This exemption only applies to school taxes.
Link to current RP 425: https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp425e_fill_in.pdf
Link to RP 425 IVP: https://tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp425ivp_fill_in.pdf
Switching to STAR Credit Program:
Any current Basic or Enhanced STAR recipients who are currently getting the exemption directly off of their school tax bill may leave the Basic or Enhanced STAR Exemption program and join the STAR Credit Program. NYS has frozen the amount of the Basic and Enhanced STAR exemption at the current amounts while the STAR Credit Program may receive up to a 2% increase annually. To register for the STAR Credit Program call 518-457-2036 or go to www.tax.ny.gov. Once you register for the STAR Credit Program, you will not be able to go back to the exemption program.
Senior Citizens - form #RP 467
Not to be confused with the Enhanced Star exemption The Senior Exemption is for homeowners 65 years of age before December 31 of that year and with a combined yearly GROSS income of $32,400 or less for the Town of Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park school & $37,399 for Arlington, Spackenkill & Wappingers schools.? This must be Renewed Yearly.
Veterans and Cold War - form #RP 458A or 458B
A veteran or un-remarried spouse of a veteran who served in active duty during one of the specified periods of war. Must be owner-occupied resident. There is a veteran's disability exemption as well. Copy of DD214 is needed along with deed to property.
Persons with Disabilities and Limited Income - from #RP 459C
To be eligible, an applicant must currently have a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits that person's ability to engage in one or more major life activities. Applicant must submit an award letter or certificate indicating disability.? Property must be owner-occupied by the person with disability.? Maximum Gross Income of all owners must be less than $32,400 for Hyde Park and $37,399 for Arlington, Wappingers and Spackenkill. ?Copy of most current federal income tax return is required and annual filing is required.
Exemption forms are available in the Assessor's office or the NYS web site. http://www.tax.ny.gov/research/property under forms and publications