First on FiOS1 News: New law allows seniors to file tax exempt forms at later date

MINEOLA — Nassau County Executive Laura Curran signed a new law that will help seniors filing senior tax exemption renewals on Thursday.

“We are here this morning to announce a new local law that will help protect our senior citizens by authorizing the county assessor to extend the time to file a senior tax exemption renewal application,” says County Executive Laura Curran.

The bipartisan bill was signed into law and allows seniors with extenuating circumstances to be able to file their tax exemption renewal forms up until November 10 for the following tax year. The current deadline was January 2.

Over 6,000 seniors who make less than $38,000 a year have already filed for the exemption. The extension, however, must be approved by the department of assessment.

“Occasionally we have seniors who may have been hospitalized in the fall and didn’t receive the notices. Or if they had to take care of another relative and could not receive the mail. This is not for someone who went on vacation,” says David Moog, Nassau County Assessor.

An average of 11,000 tax exemption forms are filed in in Nassau County.