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Included in the New York State budget for 2018-2019, New York State is now mandating that all Enhanced STAR recipients participate in the Income Verification Program.
The Tompkins County Department of Assessment has begun mailing Income Verification Program applications to all Enhanced STAR recipients. Approximately 2,800 seniors are already signed up for this program but we are still trying to reach another 1,700 seniors who still need to sign up. Note: if a senior’s neighbor didn’t get a letter from the Department of Assessment, it is probably because they were already signed up for this program. If a senior does not respond to the County’s first mailing, reminder phone calls and additional mailings will go out to ensure that all seniors will register to continue this important tax exemption. It is also important to note that seniors who also get a break on their town/county/school/city/village taxes, must still apply each year for that exemption in the normal application process. For that process the Department of Assessment mails out a renewal application in mid-December, which is due back by March 1 of the following year.
For questions, please contact the Tompkins County Assessment Office at (607) 274-5517.