|Documents & Forms|
|Senior and Veteran Exemptions|
Since the City’s inception in 1892, the Department of Assessment has filed and maintained all property deeds. It is in this office that the City’s tax maps are maintained and updated on a monthly basis. Current and historical information about every house, building, park and vacant lot is kept in this department’s archives.
School Tax Relief (STAR)
- You will register with New York State instead of applying with your assessor.
- You will receive a STAR credit in the form of a check, rather than receiving a property tax exemption (if you qualify for STAR). The dollar value of the credit will be the same as the property tax exemption.
- You may register on line www.tax.ny.gov or by phone 518-591-5232
- you bought your home after the 2015 STAR application deadline, or
- you did not apply for the STAR exemption for your home by the 2015 application deadline.
- You are receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption and have not enrolled in the Income Verification Program.
- You are receiving the Basic STAR exemption and wish to apply for the Enhanced STAR exemption
- You are seeking to restore a STAR exemption that you received during the 2015-2016 school year but that was subsequently discontinued due to failure to meet the income standard.
- You continue to own property but have filed a new deed due to:
If you qualify to apply for the Basic STAR you may use form RP-425-BYou must also submit proof of residence and 2015 federal or state tax returnIf you qualify to apply for the Enhanced STAR you may use form RP-425-EYou must also submit proof of residence, proof of age and 2015 federal or state tax returnFor annual renewal of the Enhanced STAR you may use form RP-425-RnwYou must also submit 2015 federal or state tax returnFor 1st time Enhanced applicants or Enhanced renewals who wish to enroll in the Income Verification Program (IVP) you may use form RP-425-IVP.If you enroll in the STAR Income Verification Program, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance will automatically review your income eligibility each year. As long as you filed a New York State income tax return for the corresponding income tax year, no further action will be required on your part. If you do not enroll in the Income Verification Program, you will have to submit a renewal application and a copy of your federal or New York State income tax return(s) to the Department of Assessment every year.
- surrender of interest by a co-owner
- life estates
Veterans Exemption Application
Alternative Veterans Exemption Application
Senior Citizen Exemption RP-467
2016 Tentative Tax Assessment Roll
Section 467 of the Real property Tax law provides the qualifying senior citizens with incomes not exceeding $37,399.99, age 65 and older may have their property taxes reduced by up to 50%. In order to receive this exemption senior citizen homeowners must apply and submit proof of age and income to the Assessment office by no later than May 1st of each year.
Real Property Tax Law, Section 458, provides a partial property tax exemption to those homeowners meeting qualifying veterans criteria, for example, service in the military or certain other persons designated in the Real Property Tax Law.
Proof of service must be provided when applying in addition to proof of ownership of the property being claimed for exemption. Exemptions are granted only for portions of property used for primary residence purposes. Applications must be submitted by no later than May 1st of each year.
For more information, go to the CMV Veterans Service Agency.