State Tax Dept. Unveils New STAR Tax Registration Website
Residents who receive the basic STAR property tax break are being required to recertify for the exemption this year, yesterday the State Tax Department unveiled its new online registration form.
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.
Homeowners must reapply for the STAR program online or by phone by Dec. 31. People will need to verify their salaries, social security numbers and primary residence.
The state is seeking to create one database in an attempt to root out fraud in the STAR Tax rebate program, which cost the State $1.9 billion a year. An audit in March found widespread abuse of the program, and the state is hoping to save at least $1 million a year.
In order to ensure the continuation of the tax break, homeowners will need to fill out the new application. Otherwise, the state will notify local assessors to strip taxpayers of their STAR benefits when school-tax bills go out in fall 2014.
Starting this week letters advising the need to register are being delivered to all Basic STAR recipients in Cortland and surrounding counties.
The registration will not affect this year’s tax bills, nor will it affect enhanced STAR. Seniors are required to register every year to receive the enhanced STAR exemption, a benefit for people over 65 years old with incomes of $74,100 or less.
For registration or questions – 518-457-2036, or register online at www.tax.ny.gov