Current participants in New York State’s “Basic STAR” School Property Tax Relief program are now required to register with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to continue receiving this tax exemption for 2014 and subsequent years. The State Tax Department will begin mailing instructions at the end of August, 2013 to all homeowners who currently receive the Basic STAR exemption. The letter will include a STAR code that homeowners will need to register.
For more information visit the NYS Tax Department website or call them at (518) 457-2036. Their call center will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 8:00PM and Saturday 9:00AM to 1:00PM.
Please note registration with the State Tax Department is NOT required for senior citizens who have an Enhanced STAR exemption, and does NOT include resident homeowners applying for the first time; both senior citizens and first time applicants must instead register with the Town Assessor’s Office.
Those with Enhanced STAR will not be receiving any notification from the State, and will instead continue to re-register with the Town annually, unless signed up for the income verification program.