senate Bill S2937

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Allows senior citizens previously approved for the enhanced school tax relief exemption to file a simplified renewal application

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May 05, 2014 referred to real property taxation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Mar 27, 2014 advanced to third reading
Mar 26, 2014 2nd report cal.
Mar 25, 2014 1st report cal.346
Jan 08, 2014 referred to aging
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 10, 2013 referred to real property taxation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Mar 05, 2013 advanced to third reading
Mar 04, 2013 2nd report cal.
Feb 28, 2013 1st report cal.117
Jan 25, 2013 referred to aging

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Mar 25, 2014 - Aging committee Vote

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Absent
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Excused
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Aging Committee Vote: Mar 25, 2014

Feb 28, 2013 - Aging committee Vote

S2937
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Absent
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Excused
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Aging Committee Vote: Feb 28, 2013

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S2937 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Real Property Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §425, RPT L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1920
2009-2010: S2818

S2937 - Bill Texts

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Allows senior citizens previously approved for the enhanced school tax relief exemption, who have elected not to participate in the income verification program, to file a simplified renewal application annually; directs the commissioner of taxation and finance to prepare such simplified, short form for eligible senior citizens.

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BILL NUMBER:S2937

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the real property tax law, in relation
to applications for the enhanced school tax relief exemption by senior
citizens

PURPOSE: The bill would require the state to develop a shorter, simpli-
fied renewal application for senior citizens already receiving a STAR
Tax exemption.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Sections one and two amend Real Property Tax Law § 425 to require the
Commissioner of Taxation and Finance to prepare, and to use where appro-
priate, a simplified, short form STAR application for senior citizens.

Section three provides that the act shall take effect immediately.

EXISTING LAW: Existing law requires that property owners go through a
long and complex application process every year in order to qualify for
the STAR tax exemption. This is true in cases where the household's
eligibility information remains the same.

JUSTIFICATION: The proposed law would provide for a simplified renewal
application process for senior citizens. A simplified form, especially
in cases where the eligibility information is the same, will relieve
both seniors and tax assessors of needless paperwork, wasted time, and
unnecessarily expended energies. The time saved by tax assessors will
also assist the state economically.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011/2012 - S.1920 2009/2010 - S.2818 2005/2006 -
S.4242 2003/2004 - S.443 2001/2002 - S.212 1999/2000 - S.7752

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act would take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2937

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 25, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  HANNON, BALL, GRISANTI, RANZENHOFER -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Aging

AN ACT to amend the real property tax law, in relation  to  applications
  for the enhanced school tax relief exemption by senior citizens

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 6 of section 425 of  the  real
property  tax  law,  as  amended by chapter 6 of the laws of 2010 and as
further amended by section 1 of part W of chapter  56  of  the  laws  of
2010, is amended to read as follows:
  (a) Generally. All owners of the property who primarily reside thereon
must  jointly  file an application for exemption with the assessor on or
before the appropriate taxable status  date.  Such  application  may  be
filed  by  mail  if  it  is  enclosed  in  a  postpaid envelope properly
addressed to the appropriate assessor, deposited in  a  post  office  or
official depository under the exclusive care of the United States postal
service, and postmarked by the United States postal service on or before
the  applicable taxable status date. Each such application shall be made
on a form prescribed by the commissioner, which shall require the appli-
cant or applicants to agree to notify  the  assessor  if  their  primary
residence  changes  while their property is receiving the exemption. THE
COMMISSIONER SHALL ALSO PREPARE A SIMPLIFIED, SHORT FORM APPLICATION FOR
SENIOR CITIZENS WHO HAVE ELECTED NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE  STAR  INCOME
VERIFICATION PROGRAM, PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (B) OF SUBDIVISION NINE-B OF
THIS  SECTION.  The  assessor  may  request  that  proof of residency be
submitted with the application. If the applicant requests a receipt from
the assessor as proof of submission of  the  application,  the  assessor
shall  provide  such  receipt.  If  such  request  is made by other than
personal request, the applicant shall provide the assessor with a  self-
addressed postpaid envelope in which to mail the receipt.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05786-01-3

S. 2937                             2

  S 2. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 9-b of section 425 of the real prop-
erty  tax  law,  as  amended  by  chapter 742 of the laws of 2005 and as
further amended by section 1 of part W of chapter  56  of  the  laws  of
2010, is amended to read as follows:
  (b)  In the case of persons who have not elected to participate in the
STAR income verification program, the enhanced exemption shall apply for
a term of one year. To continue receiving  such  enhanced  exemption,  a
SIMPLIFIED,  SHORT  FORM renewal application must be filed annually with
the assessor on or before the applicable taxable status date on  a  form
prescribed  by  the  commissioner.  Provided, however, that if a renewal
application is not so filed, the assessor shall discontinue the enhanced
exemption but shall grant the basic exemption, subject to the provisions
of subdivision eleven of this section.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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