A constant concern here on Long Island is the continued increase in Property Taxes and the ever-increasing cost of living. The application for state program real estate tax exemptions (such as Basic STAR, Enhanced STAR or Veterans exemptions) may help…
When you own a piece of real property in New York State, your circumstance dictates whether or not you are entitled to certain tax exemptions.
What does this mean? Your personal residence may qualify for a number of exemptions based on factors such as whether you are a senior citizen, have financial difficulty, or are a veteran. In addition, if you and your spouse earn under $500,000 per year, then you could file for the STAR exemption for your personal residence.
A “life estate” is an ownership interest that a person retains in real property while transferring a remainder interest to one or more individuals.
Life estates are sometimes used as a planning technique by individuals who wish to safeguard their residence or other real estate.