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Available Exemptions include:STAR (a school tax exemption only):
AGEDAvailable to senior citizens age 65 and over (applicant must be 65 years of age by December 31 of the year in which the application is filed). It must be the primary residence of the owners and there is a maximum income requirement. In order to file for the year 2017, the owners’ incomes total gross including social security and income earned on IRA accounts may not have exceeded $37,400 for 2016. This exemption must be renewed annually.
ALTERNATIVE VETERANSAvailable to honorably discharged veterans (or their unremarried surviving spouse) that have served on active duty during a specified war period or a congressionally approved conflict period with combat status. Property must serve as the primary residence. A service connected disability may entitle the veteran to a larger exemption. Does not renew annually.
COLD WAR VETERANSAvailable to honorably discharged veterans (or their unremarried surviving spouse) that have served on active duty for any length of period between September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991. Property must serve as the primary residence. A service connected disability may entitle the veteran to a larger exemption. A veteran may not have a Cold War vet, an Alternative vet. Does not renew annually.
VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER AND AMBULANCE SERVICE WORKERAvailable to those members who have served at least five years in the same department (name must appear on the chief’s certification list) and must primarily reside in the Town of Babylon.
Members who have served for twenty years or more are eligible for the exemption on their primary residence anywhere in Suffolk County – again, their name must appear on the list of eligibles provided by the chief of each Fire Department in the Town of Babylon. In addition, THE APPLICANT MUST FILE AN APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION AND RENEW ANNUALLY IN ORDER TO RETAIN THE EXEMPTION. Must renew annually and be certified annually.
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND LIMITED INCOMEAvailable to persons with disabilities whose total gross income for 2016 (including social security and income earned on IRA accounts) did not exceed $37,400. The applicant must own and primarily reside on the premises. In addition, the applicant must provide a letter of certification of disability from any one of the following:
Only one of the owners must qualify if the property is owned by a husband and wife or by siblings (e.g. brother and a brother; brother and a sister or a sister and a sister), otherwise all owners must meet the eligibility requirements. Must renew annually.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTAvailable to all one and two family homes, at least five years of age. Does not require annual renewal.
FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS - NEWLY CONSTRUCTED HOMEAvailable to 1st time home buyers of a newly constructed home. Applies to houses, townhouses and condos that serve as the primary residence of the owner. Does not require annual renewal.
For renewing exemption applicants, please call the Assessor’s Office, (631) 957-3014.
If the application is received on time and the exemption is approved, it will appear on the December tax bill. Determination letters should be received by the applicant by May 1st.
All applications for tax exemptions will receive a determination letter either of approval or denial by May 1st of that year. If the exemption is denied, the applicant will have sufficient time to file for a grievance by Grievance Day (third Tuesday of May).
If your exemption does not appear on the tax bill, contact the Assessor's Office, (631) 957-3014, to inquire as to the specific reason why it does not appear.
The tax exemption applies to the increase in value due to the improvements. The first year the exemption is applied, there will be a zero increase on the first $80,000 of increase in value. Thereafter, the tax on the improvement increases each year by 12.5%; with the full tax on the improvement phased in over an 8 year period. The Capital Improvement Exemption Application is available online or can be obtained from the Assessor's Office from January 2nd to March 1st. Any questions, please call the Assessor's Office at (631) 957-3014.