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STAR reminder

POSTED 12/4/2013
Reminder: New state law means homeowners must re-register for Basic STAR program by Dec. 31 to continue receiving tax breaks
If you’re a homeowner who has benefited from reduced property taxes under the state’s Basic School Tax Relief (STAR) program, it’s important to note that you must re-register with the New York State Tax Department by Dec. 31, 2013, in order to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and beyond. Homeowners can re-register online at http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star13/default.htm or by calling (518) 457-2036.

This new requirement, which results from legislation passed to help reduce fraud related to STAR exemptions, is only for homeowners who have already been enrolled in the Basic STAR program. Senior citizens who receive the enhanced STAR exemption are not affected by this new law; however, they must continue to apply annually with their town assessor or participate in the state’s Income Verification Program. 

The new law does not affect 2013 property taxes or exemption.

For more information about the re-registration process, please call (518) 457-2036 or visit the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance website.

The STAR program provides tax relief on owner-occupied primary residences where the combined income of resident homeowners and their spouses is $500,000 or less. It is not a source of funding for school districts and does not reduce or increase school tax rates or the school tax levy.