This action by the Legislature eliminates the need for in-person visits to tax offices by recipients of these exemptions amidst a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Popular tax exemptions for income-eligible seniors and individuals with disabilities will be automatically renewed for the 2022-23 tax year following emergency action by the Nassau County Legislature.
During a recent emergency meeting, legislators voted unanimously to waive the 2022-23 renewal application requirements for Nassau residents who received the Senior Citizen tax exemption and Exemption for Persons with Disabilities in the 2021-22 tax year which are based on income thresholds.
This action by the Legislature eliminates the need for in-person visits to tax offices by recipients of these exemptions amidst a spike in COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious Omicron variant. New York Governor Kathy Hochul issued an executive order permitting counties to opt into this waiver.
This is the second tax year in which renewals are being waived for eligible recipients of the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities exemptions. In December 2020, Minority Caucus members advocated for and passed legislation to implement this policy, which is designed to provide fiscal stability for residents and protect public health.
“Not only will this ensure the seamless continuation of tax relief that many residents rely upon, it eliminates the need for in-person office visits to submit paperwork - which will protect applicants and county workers alike from exposure to COVID-19 and the Omicron variant,” Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages (D - Lawrence) said. “This is a win-win for taxpayers and public health, and I am proud to support it.”