Homeowners who currently receive the Basic STAR property tax exemption have until Dec. 31 to re-register by phone or through the Internet to continue getting the benefit. This is part of a statewide effort to crack down on fraud and waste.
The process is simple and needs to be done only once. Homeowners can visit the website at www.tax.ny.gov or call 457-2036 and answer a few questions.
It takes between 2 to 4 minutes. You’ll provide your Social Security numbers, confirm that you’re not receiving STAR on another property, confirm that your income is below half a million dollars and then you’re done.
The STAR Program provides school tax relief for homeowners, with the State paying a portion of those taxes for eligible homeowners. It is not a new source of funding for schools and does not reduce or increase actual school tax rates. To receive the tax relief, homeowners must apply through their local assessor’s office. In the past, once homeowners applied for and received the Basic STAR exemption, they did not need to reapply unless they purchased and moved to a new primary residence.
Senior citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption are not affected by the new registration requirement. They must continue to apply annually or participate in the Income Verification Program.