Ramapo Announces Senior Citizen Tax Exemption Eligibility and Encourages Early Application

In a significant development for senior residents, the Town of Ramapo has announced eligibility for a senior citizen tax exemption under the recently amended Section 467 of the NYS Real Property Tax Law. The initiative, spearheaded by Supervisor Michael B. Specht and Town Assessor Scott Shedler, aims to provide financial relief to seniors 65 years and older who meet specific income limitations and other criteria.

The exemption operates on a sliding scale, allowing local authorities to set income limits between $3,000 and $58,399 for the 2022 tax year. This flexibility ensures that the exemption can be tailored to the economic conditions of each county, city, town, village, or school district.

Residents interested in applying for the exemption can obtain applications from the Town of Ramapo Assessor’s Office. With a deadline set for March 1, 2024, officials urge applicants to submit their forms as soon as possible to avoid last-minute rushes and ensure smoother processing. The Assessor’s Office, available at 845-357-5100 ext. 260, stands ready to assist with inquiries and the application process.

Furthermore, the town has made strides in updating the Enhanced Star program for 2024, with new amounts and applications now accessible. New homeowners are advised to register for benefits directly with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. This program, alongside the RP-459-c application for persons with disabilities and limited incomes, represents ongoing efforts to ease tax burdens for Ramapo residents.

The state has also been proactive in reaching out to potential beneficiaries of the Enhanced STAR program, targeting those currently under the Basic STAR exemption but who may qualify for additional benefits. An online request for assessment review for the 2024 assessment year is available, offering an informal avenue for property assessment reviews ahead of the established assessment roll.

 

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