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Town of Boston Assessor

Sue Fitzner

The Town of Boston Assessorís office is located on the

main level of the Municipal Building at

8500 Boston State Road

The hours are 10 am - 2 pm Monday through Friday

Telephone:   (716) 941-6113 ext. 12 

Fax:   (716) 941-6116

E-mail:  assessmentoffice@townofboston.com

 

Real Property Data 

What to do if you disagree with Assessment

Boston Tax 2014 Final Roll

  

Understanding the Real Property Tax System

Understanding Property Assessment

 

2014 BASIC STAR RE-REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO THE END OF THE CALENDAR YEAR

 

Click on the link below to print and read the article!

Your Home is Your Best Investment

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~NEW~

Cold War Veteran Exemption For Town of Boston

10% up to 8,000 of assessed value

Qualification:

Active duty for a period of 365 days

In the Armed Forces between 09/02/1945 thru 12/26/1991

Cold War Recognition Certificate

This is a 10 year exemption

For a printable application click

Cold War Veteran

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                                                        Exemption Deadline March 1, 2014

††††††††††† March 1:      Last date to file for exemptions       

††††††††††† May 27:       4th Tuesday in May is Grievance Day

††††††††††† July 1:          Final roll

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Exemptions:

Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR

 

  • The Enhanced STAR is for persons age 65 and over.
  • You must own the property and it must be your primary residence.
  • The income ceiling changes each year.
  • You must file every year bringing your Federal Income Tax form from the prior year to the Assessors' office and re-applying.
  • Both STAR Exemptions must be applied for by March 1st.
  • STAR applies only to School taxes.

 

Senior Exemptions:

 

All of the owners of a primary residence must be 65 years of age or older. The Only Exception is a spouse. The spouse can be any age, however, if the person who is 65 dies, the exemption would be removed until the remaining spouse became 65 and qualified on the income limitations. The applicant must turn 65 within the year of filing and apply before March 1.

The property must have been owned by the applicant at least one year prior to filing unless it is a move within the same Town. The property must be used exclusively for residential purposes and it must be the legal residence of the owner(s)

Income includes the income of both husband and wife or all property owners. The law specifies that income includes: Social Security and Retirement Benefits, Interest, Dividends, Net Rental Income, Salary of Earnings and Net Income if Self Employed.

What to bring in when applying each year:

o       Social Security 1099 Form

o       Income Tax Form 1040 (if filing one) for current year

o       All Bank Interest forms

o       Salary, wages, bonuses, total dividends, gains from sales or exchanges and                       all taxable annuity payments.

o       Alimony, rental income, unemployment insurance, net earning from farming                        or any other small business adventure.

                                o                 IRA interst only

First time applicants must bring in Proof of age and income. The savings is prorated by income levels. This Exemption applies to all taxes except special district charges.

Veterans Exemptions:

  • The property must be the primary residence of the veteran.
  • Both husband and wife can get the exemption.
  • The veteran had to serve at least one-day active duty during wartime.
  • There is an additional benefit if the veteran served in a war zone.
  • A Disability Exemption for the veteran is also available which is 50% of the disability.
  • The old Eligible Funds Exemption is pro-rated and can be transferred to the Town if the veteran has been receiving it in another location within New York State. No new applications are accepted on this old exemption however.
  • To apply, the veteran must present a DD214 (Honorable Discharge Papers) along with proof of ownership of the property. In most cases, the ownership proof will already be in the Assessorís Office.

Other Exemptions Available (click for a printable form):

 

 

TOWN OF BOSTON
PROPERTY ASSESSMENT

As part of the ongoing Annual Reassessment Program in the Town of Boston, the Assessor's office will be reviewing and analyzing the assessments of each property in the Town. According to the Real Property Tax Law, all property assessments must be valued at the same uniform percentage. The Town of Boston assessments are at a uniform percentage of 99% of market value. In order to maintain fair and equitable assessments according to the tax laws annual reassessment must be performed.

In the past 4years certain areas of the Town have experienced significant market changes. All the properties throughout the Town are being reviewed based on the market values for possible assessment changes.

RESOURCES AVAILABLE

1. A sales report will be available at the Town hall for inspection.

2. Internet Access: The assessment roll will be on the Internet.

•  Verify property information

•  Review inventory data on an individual property

•  Review current sales information

•  Analyze sales information about similar properties

In comparing similar sales it is important to remember that location, style, age and size are critical to the comparison process. For example: if you purchased your home for $200,000 on a particular street or neighborhood DO NOT look for homes that sell for $150,000 in other neighborhoods or compare a 5 year old house with a 50 year old house. BE REALISTIC AND HONEST.

INFORMAL REVIEW PROCESS

The Assessor's Office will continue to offer property owners an Informal Review Process. If you feel your assessment is incorrect then you must provide the Assessor with reasonable information, based on market sales, that supports your opinion of market value.

 

IN MAY

You will receive an Assessment Change Notice with your tentative assessment. If you are dissatisfied with your tentative assessment may file with the Assessment Review Board.

 

Assessment Review Board is the 4th Tuesday in May BY APPOINTMENT

You must fill out any application available on line or at the Town Hall

Once the application is filled out and returned to the Assessor's office you will then be given an appointment for Grievance Day, which is May 27, 2014.

Appointments scheduled from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.

IN JULY

If you are dissatisfied with the Board of Assessment review's Decision you may file a small claims hearing through the Erie County Clerks office

 

 

THE GOAL OF THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE IS TO DETERMINE THE FAIR AND EQUITABLE ASSESSMENT FOR YOUR PROPERTY.

 
 

 

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