Because of new legislation, all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption are required to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years.
The STAR Program provides 2.6 million homeowners with savings on their school property tax bills each year, but is only available for an individual’s or family’s primary residence. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative follows a tax department investigation that showed some homeowners were receiving the exemption on more than one property.
It should be noted that homeowners will not have to register in order to receive their 2013 STAR exemptions and will not have to re-register every year. Senior citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR exemptions are not affected by the new registration.
The new registration period began Aug. 19 and continues through Dec. 31, 2013.
Register online at the state’s tax department or call the office at 518-457-2036 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.