Senate Passes Bill Simplifying Application for Senior Citizens Renewing Enhanced STAR Tax Exemption

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S2937), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau), that would create a shorter, simplified renewal application for senior citizens who already receive an Enhanced STAR tax exemption. 

“I’m trying to make the renewal process easier and simpler for the Enhanced STAR, which is for our lower-income senior citizens,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “For those who are not already enrolled in the State’s automatic renewal program, this bill provides for a simplified renewal application.” 

The Enhanced STAR tax exemption provides an increased benefit for the primary residences of senior citizens (aged 65 and older) with qualifying income. This new application will relieve both seniors and tax assessors of needless paperwork and wasted time, especially in cases where the eligibility information is the same.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.