New law provides application extension for extenuating circumstances.
Mineola, NY - December 7, 2018 - NY - Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, joined by Nassau County Assessor David Moog, Deputy County Executive for Health and Human Services Kyle Rose-Louder and Deputy Commissioner for the Office of the Aging Jorge Martinez, today signed a new local law authorizing Nassau County Assessor David Moog and the Department of Assessment (DOA) to extend the deadline for filing a senior tax exemption renewal application upon a showing of good cause.
“This local law helps protect our senior citizens by authorizing the County Assessor to extend the time for filing a senior tax exemption renewal application for individuals with extenuating circumstances,” said Curran. “We are here to provide answers and want to give our senior residents every opportunity to utilize this exemption.”
Every year 11,000 senior tax exemptions are filed with the Department of Assessment including 9,000 renewals and 2,000 new applications.
The law will allow the County Assessor to extend the deadline for filing an application from the taxable status date, January 2nd each year, until the last day for paying taxes without incurring any interest or penalty. The last day for payments without interest or penalty is November 10th of the following year for school taxes.
“I am pleased to have been a part of passing the extension to file for senior tax exemptions, which assists the most vulnerable and deserving citizens of Nassau County,” said Presiding Officer Richard J. Nicolello.
“Life events can sometimes make it impossible - through no fault of their own - for senior citizens to meet the deadline to apply for important tax exemptions. Today’s action gives Nassau County seniors a second window for securing the relief they are entitled to,” said Minority Leader Kevan M. Abrahams.
“I welcome any measure that we can take to ease the burden on our seniors,” said Legislator Arnold W. Drucker. “I commend County Executive Curran for her leadership on this important initiative and look forward to collaborating with her in the future on additional policies that will benefit Nassau County seniors.”
Qualifying taxpayers need to file a written request with the DOA including why the deadline was missed, any relevant facts and circumstances, and the completed application. The DOA will review individual requests and applications for good cause and determine exemption eligibility.
To qualify for a senior tax exemption a resident must have an income below $38,000, which the Department of Assessment will verify.
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“Our Office of the Aging staff is available to help residents navigate the form and answer any questions,” said Curran. “And while our staff cannot fill the forms out for residents, we can make referrals to a variety of nonprofit organizations with resources available to assist.”