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.
THE STAR PROGRAM
Due to new legislation in 2016, the STAR property tax exemption program is now closed to NEW applicants.
If you had the STAR exemption on your 2015-16 property tax bill, the STAR program remains the same for you. No further action on your part is necessary, as long as you own the home and continue to make this your primary residence.
New homeowners or those that had never applied for Basic or Enhanced STAR must now REGISTER with the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance to receive a STAR check.
To learn more about the STAR income tax credit/check, please click here. https://tax.ny.gov/pdf/star/star2016-amendments-summary.pdf
To REGISTER for the STAR credit/check, go to www.tax.ny.gov or call (518) 457-2036.
*** SENIORS ALERT ***
*** DISABLED PERSONS ALERT ***
Due to an Executive Order and subsequent legislation by New York State, senior citizens with limited incomes and persons with disabilities and limited incomes who are receiving a property tax exemption on their 2020/21 tax bill are NOT REQUIRED to renew their application with our office.
This legislation allows you to stay safely in your homes while allowing your current exemption to roll over into next year (2021/22) without the requirement of a renewal application.
However, if your 2019 or 2020 income is less than that which we have on file, and would result in a greater exemption, you must provide us with a renewal application and a copy of the income tax returns that would support the greater exemption, no later than March 1, 2021. Please call our office for guidance on this or any other matter.
ALERT: If there has been a change in ownership, residency, if the property owner has died, or other reason why you may no longer be eligible for either of these exemptions, you must renew your application with us by March 1, 2021 and report the reason for change to our office immediately.
OTHER EXEMPTION INFORMATION
NEED FORMS? Exemption applications may be obtained by contacting our office or by downloading forms at the following website:
Click this link for Exemption Applications
DEADLINE 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.
Senior Citizen with Limited Income Application (RP 467)
Enhanced Star Application (RP 425-E)
Enhanced Star Income Verification Program Application (RP 425-IVP)
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)
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)