senate Bill S535

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Repeals the income limitation for the senior citizen enhanced school tax relief (STAR) exemption

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Jan 06, 2010 referred to aging
Feb 09, 2009 reported and committed to finance
Jan 07, 2009 referred to aging

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Feb 9, 2009 - Aging committee Vote

S535
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Aging Committee Vote: Feb 9, 2009

S535 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Aging
Law Section:
Real Property Tax Law

S535 - Bill Texts

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BILL NUMBER: S535

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to repeal paragraph (b) of subdivision 4 of section 425 of the
real property tax law relating to the income limitation for senior
citizen eligibility for the enhanced school tax relief (STAR)
exemption


PURPOSE :
To broaden the eligibility of STAR so that all senior citizens
regardless of their income may take advantage of the STAR program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1: repeals paragraph (b) of subdivision 4 of section 425 of
the Real Property Tax Law, which contains the income limits for senior
citizens to be eligible for the STAR program.

Section 2: applies to the 2010-2011 exemption applications and
thereafter.

Section 3: establishes the effective date.

EXISTING LAW :
Senior citizens must receive less than or equal to $60,000 in income
to be eligible for the STAR program.

JUSTIFICATION :
The STAR program has provided many senior citizens with an appreciable
savings on their school tax bills. To enable the greatest number of
senior citizens to take advantage of this program, the number of
impediments to receiving this benefit must be reduced. Many times
seniors are dissuaded from applying or reapplying for the STAR program
because of the necessity to prove their income from the previous
year's tax return. By eliminating the income requirements from the
eligibility requirements for the enhanced STAR exemption, more seniors
both below and above the current income threshold would be able to
take advantage of this program.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-2008 - Aging

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately.
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