Enhanced STAR and School Tax Bills for Seniors – Enrollment in the Income Verification Program with the state is mandatory in order for seniors to continue to receive the Enhanced STAR benefit for the 2019-2020 school taxes. Seniors no longer have the option to file with their local assessor.  

To accommodate those seniors that did not realize they were required to enroll in the Income Verification Program, the state has authorized seniors to enroll in the program late, so long as good cause for the late enrollment is demonstrated. The state has put forth the following presentation to assist collecting officers that are directed to reduce a tax bill because of a late filing.  The presentation can be found at this link

If you have any questions regarding the Mandatory Income Verification Program and Enhanced STAR, please contact Katie Hodgdon at (518) 465-7933.