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November 18, 2013

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 began mailing instructions at the end of August, 2013 to all homeowners who

currently receive the Basic STAR exemption. The letter included a STAR code that homeowners will need to register. If you have not yet registered, you will be receiving a reminder postcard from the NYS Department of Tax and Finance reminding you to do so. Please look for the postcard in your mail and register so that you might continue to receive your Basic STAR Exemption.

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.