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File #: Int 0688-2011    Version: Name: Verification of data for certain exemptions administered by the Department of Finance.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Finance
On agenda: 10/5/2011
Enactment date: 6/20/2012 Law number: 2012/031
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to verification of data for certain exemptions administered by the Department of Finance.
Sponsors: Vincent Ignizio, Letitia James, Darlene Mealy, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Michael C. Nelson, Charles Barron, James F. Gennaro, Robert Jackson, Peter A. Koo, Daniel J. Halloran III, James S. Oddo, Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 12
Attachments: 1. Int. No. 688 - 10/5/11, 2. Committee Report, 3. Fiscal Impact Statement, 4. Hearing Transcript, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-13-12, 6. Local Law 31
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
6/20/2012AVincent Ignizio Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/20/2012AVincent Ignizio City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/20/2012AVincent Ignizio Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2012AVincent Ignizio City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2012AVincent Ignizio City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2012*Vincent Ignizio Committee on Finance Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2012*Vincent Ignizio Committee on Finance Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2012*Vincent Ignizio Committee on Finance Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2012AVincent Ignizio Committee on Finance Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/5/2011*Vincent Ignizio City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/5/2011*Vincent Ignizio City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Int. No. 688-A
 
By Council Members Ignizio, James, Mealy, Recchia Jr., Nelson, Barron, Gennaro, Jackson, Koo, Halloran, Oddo and Ulrich
 
 
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to verification of data for certain exemptions administered by the Department of Finance.
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
 
Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 11 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 11-134 to read as follows:
           §  11-134  Data verification.  1. No exemption described herein shall be granted unless the person applying for such exemption submits:
      (a) if applying for the senior citizen homeowner exemption pursuant to section 11-245.3 of this title,  a copy of government-issued identification such as a driver's license, passport or birth certificate for all owners turning sixty-five by December thirty-first in the year in which they submit the application for an exemption pursuant to such section; a copy of the previous year's federal tax returns and schedules and attachments for all owners to which the application for an exemption will apply. If any owner was not required to file, such applicant must submit proof of earnings,  such as copies of W-2 forms, if applicable; social security benefit statements, if applicable; pension and annuity retirement income, if applicable; documentation of any unreimbursed medical or prescription expenses, if available; and any other information the commissioner deems necessary.
      (b) if applying for the exemption for persons with disabilities pursuant to section 11-245.4 of this title, a copy of the previous year's federal tax returns and schedules and attachments for all owners to which the application for an exemption will apply. If any owner was not required to file, such applicant must submit proof of earnings, such as copies of W-2 forms, if applicable; social security benefit statements, if applicable; pension and annuity retirement income, if applicable; documentation of any unreimbursed medical or prescription expenses, if available; a copy of either an award letter from the social security administration, an award letter from the railroad retirement board or United States postal service, or a certificate from the state commission for the blind and visually handicapped; and any other information the commissioner deems necessary.
      (c) if applying for the school tax relief exemption pursuant to section four hundred twenty-five of the real property tax law, a copy of the previous year's federal tax returns and schedules and attachments for all owners to which the application for an exemption will apply. If any owner was not required to file, such applicant must submit proof of earnings, such as copies of W-2 forms, if applicable; social security benefit statements, if applicable; pension and annuity retirement income, if applicable; and any other information the commissioner deems necessary.
      (d) if applying for the enhanced school tax relief exemption pursuant to subdivision four of section four hundred twenty-five of the real property tax law, a copy of government-issued identification such as a driver's license, passport or birth certificate; a copy of the previous year's federal tax returns and schedules and attachments for all owners to which the application for an exemption will apply. If any owner was not required to file, such applicant must submit proof of earnings, such as copies of W-2 forms, if applicable; social security benefit statements, if applicable; pension and annuity retirement income, if applicable; and any other information the commissioner deems necessary.
      (e) if applying for the exemption for veterans pursuant to sections four hundred fifty-eight and four hundred fifty eight-a of the real property tax law, a copy of DD Form 214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or similar document issued by the United States Department of Defense upon a military service member's retirement, separation or discharge from active-duty military; if the applicant served in a combat zone or theater, then a copy of proof of service in such zone or theater; if disabled in a line of duty, then a copy of a letter from the Veterans Administration documenting the disability rating for such veteran seeking a property tax exemption; and any other information the commissioner deems necessary.
      (f) if applying for the exemption for clergy pursuant to section four hundred sixty of the real property tax law, a verification letter from the church employer; in cases where such clergy member was unable to perform such work due to an illness or impairment, then a copy of a physician's statement; in the case where the clergy member is over seventy, then a copy of a government-issued identification card, birth certificate, or baptismal certificate; or in the case where the applicant is the surviving unremarried spouse of the clergy member, then a copy of the applicant's marriage certificate and a copy the deceased spouse's death certificate; and any other information the commissioner deems necessary.
      2. Any application for any exemption referenced in this section shall contain a certification clause that informs applicants that execution and submission of an application for an exemption referenced herein shall be deemed a certification by such applicant that all statements made on such application are true and correct to the best of the applicant's knowledge and that such applicant has made no willful false statements of material fact.
§2. This local law shall take effect one hundred eighty days after it shall have become a law.
 
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