Nassau County property taxes are among the highest in the nation, but there is good news—there are many exemptions that help homeowners reduce this tax bite, sometimes by a considerable margin.
To take advantage of these exemptions, you’ll need to be a member of a class of individuals for whom these exemptions were designed—for example, a veteran, senior citizen, a volunteer firefighter/ambulance worker, or a person with limited income and disabilities.
According to the experts at Maidenbaum Tax, here are some of the important tax exemptions you should know about if you own a home in Nassau County.
Exemptions for Veterans
U.S. Veterans residing in Nassau County who have been honorably discharged from service may be eligible for a real property tax exemption. Also covered are the veterans’ surviving un-remarried spouses, dependent parents, and dependent children.
Qualifying veterans may see a reduction in the County, Town, Village and Highway components of their property tax bills of up to 15%, with an additional 10% reduction for service in a combat area or for receiving an Expeditionary Medal. A disabled veteran’s exemption due to an injury while in service will depend on the degree of the disability.
As far as School taxes are concerned, exemptions will only be honored in districts that have opted to offer this reduction. Click here for more information on Veterans’ exemptions and links to applicable forms.
Exemptions for Senior Citizens
Senior citizens in Nassau County who occupy the homes which they own may also be eligible for a property tax exemption. There are two programs available: the Enhanced STAR (School Tax Assessment Relief) program, and the Senior Citizens Property Tax Exemption.
Enhanced STAR provides seniors ages 65 and older, whose annual household income does not exceed $92,000 in the year 2020, a partial exemption from School taxes. The income requirement can change annually. Click here for more information on Enhanced STAR.
Exemptions for Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers
Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers living in Nassau County can take advantage of a Real Property Tax Exemption provided they have volunteered for at least five years. This exemption equals 10% of the assessed value of their properties for General tax purposes, and may also apply to School taxes if one’s local school district has adopted a resolution allowing it. To learn more about this special exemption and the documentation you’ll need to apply for it, click here.
Exemptions for People with Limited Income and Disabilities
Those living in Nassau County who suffer from disabilities and are on limited incomes may be eligible for a property tax exemption. Provided the homeowner has met the criteria set by the locality in which he/she resides, this exemption may be sizeable: a 50% reduction in the assessed value of the residence. For more information on this program, click here.
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