Apply for the Enhanced STAR program by submitting an application to your local municipal assessor's office, the State of New York Department of Taxation and Finance says. The application form for most state residents is form RP-425, which is available on the Taxation Department's website, along with separate applications for New York City and Nassau County residents. The general deadline to file is March 1 of each year, while some cities and counties may have different deadlines.
The Enhanced STAR program exempts New York State homeowners from local school district tax liability on the first $65,300 of the value of their primary homes, as of 2016. If the homeowner owns a mixed-use residence, such as an apartment building where units are rented by tenants, the Enhanced STAR program benefits only apply to the portion of the building the owner occupies, according to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
To be eligible for the New York State Enhanced STAR program, homeowners must be at least 65 years of age or older, and have a yearly income of $84,550 or less, as of 2016. The home eligible for the program must be the taxpayer's primary home and may be a house, condominium, farm house, manufactured home or co-op, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance notes.