Purpose: Sets the valuation of all real property in the Township. Assesses property when a building permit is issued on improvements and additions. Maintains property tax exemptions for senior citizens, veterans, clergy, agricultural, volunteer firefighter/ambulance workers, nonprofit organizations. Additionally, property ownership transfers, splitting and merging of properties through filed maps, tax apportionments, and general information regarding real property tax administration are further responsibilities of the Assessors.
STAR applications are now being accepted in the Assessors' Office. This program provides for partial exemption of school taxes and is completely funded by the State of New York. BASIC STAR The Basic STAR exemption is available to those homeowners who make Riverhead Town their primary residence, regardless of age, but whose income* is less than $500,000.
NEW! BASIC STAR REGISTRATION PROGRAM
All homeowners currently receiving Basic STAR will be required to register with the State of New York in order to continue receiving the Basic STAR exemption in 2014 and in future years. Enhanced STAR recipients are not affected.
Starting September 30, 2013, NYS Department of Taxation and Finance will mail registration instructions to all Riverhead Town homeowners currently receiving Basic STAR. You will be given a unique STAR code to register. Registration may be done online or by phone. You CANNOT register locally at Town Hall.
Questions about the STAR registration process may be directed to (518) 457-2036.
Click here for more information: http://tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star13/default.htm
ENHANCED STAR If you are over 65 years of age, with income* less than $81,900, you may qualify for the Enhanced STAR exemption. Proof of age and income are required.Enhanced STAR requires renewal each year. You have two options to renew your Enhanced STAR exemption: 1) You may continue to provide tax returns with your renewal application to our office each year; or 2) You may choose to participate in the Income Verification Program (IVP). By participating in this program, you authorize the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance to verify your income each year and to notify the Assessors of your eligibility to continue receiving Enhanced STAR. By participating in this program, you will no longer be required to submit income information to us annually, as long as your income can be verified via your New York State income tax returns.NEED FORMS? STAR applications may be obtained by contacting our office or by downloading the form at the following website: http://www.tax.ny.gov/forms/orpts/star.htmDEADLINE All exemption applications must be returned to our office on or before March 1st of each year.QUESTIONS? If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to visit your friendly Assessors and their staff or call 631-727-3200 Ext. 255.* income means adjusted gross income less IRA distributions and is subject to change annually.
Basic or Enhanced STAR Application (RP 425)Enhanced STAR Income Verification Form (RP 425 IVP)Senior Citizen with Limited Income Application (RP 467)Disabled Persons with Limited Income Application (RP 459-c)Alternative Veteran Application (war-time vets) (RP 458-a)
Cold War Veteran Application (non war-time vets) (RP 458-b)Volunteer Firefighter/Ambulance Worker Application (RP 466-c)
Agriculture Assessment Application (RP 305)Agricultural Buildings & Structures (RP 483)
Sample Complaint Form on Real Property Assessment
Grievance Form (RP 524)
Grievance Form Instructions: (Please note that the grievance period for the Town of Riverhead is May 1st through the 3rd Tuesday in May of each year)
All other forms