Issues: STAR (School Tax Relief Program)

Kennedy and Ryan Urge Homeowners to Re-Register for Basic Star Exemption to Save Hundreds on Taxes

Homeowners Required to Re-Register for Basic STAR Exemption by December 31 – Lawmakers Urge WNY Homeowners to Register for Important School Tax Exemption with Deadline Just Two Weeks Away.

Officials from NYS Department of Taxation and Finance have Expressed Concerns about Buffalo’s Lower Rates of Re-Registration.

Kennedy and Ryan to WNY Homeowners: No Reason to Wait. Process to Re-Register is Quick and Easy.

December 16, 2013
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NYS TAX DEPARTMENT ADDS NORTH COUNTRY STOP TO ‘STAR’ REGISTRATION EVENT SCHEDULE

December 18th Workshop Held in Response to Ritchie Request

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance has agreed to her request to host a STAR registration event in the region she represents. 

Recently, the Tax Department scheduled a new round of STAR registration workshops—all taking place in major cities along the Thruway and downstate, with no events scheduled in Jefferson, St. Lawrence or Oswego Counties. In response, Senator Ritchie wrote to Commissioner Mattox, requesting that a workshop be held in the area. You can read the letter here.

“There are roughly more than 14,000 homeowners in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties who still need to reapply for this very important program,” said Senator Ritchie.

“There is still a lot of outreach that needs to be done to make sure property owners re-register for Basic STAR by the December 31st deadline, and I’m pleased that the Tax Department will be aiding in that effort by hosting a workshop in our region.”

December 12, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Urges State to Extend Registration Deadline for Star Property Tax Exemption

New York, NY— Alarmed by reports of low Basic STAR registration rates by New York City homeowners, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman sent a letter to New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas Mattox on Wednesday urging him to extend the December 31, 2013 registration deadline and to continue outreach efforts to ensure all eligible homeowners – including thousands of co-op and condo owners in Senator Hoylman’s district – are registered. The 2013-2014 state budget grants Commissioner Mattox the authority to set the final deadline for registration, so long as it is no later than April 1, 2014. 

December 11, 2013
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STAR Re-Registration Assistance Event

According to state officials, more than 175,000 homeowners on Long Island have yet to re-register for their Basic STAR tax exemption, with the deadline of December 31st approaching.  To assist those who need additional help, state employees will be at the Perry Duryea State Office Building, located at 250 Veterans Highway in Hauppauge, from 9 am to 5 pm today through Friday to help homeowners re-register for Ba

December 2, 2013
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RITCHIE CALLS ON TAX DEPT. TO HOLD ‘STAR’ REGISTRATION EVENTS IN CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORK

One in Four Upstate Homeowners Still Need to Reapply 

With just weeks remaining until the deadline to reapply for the Basic STAR program, State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance to host registration events in the region she represents. 

According to recent reports, the Tax Department has scheduled a new round of seven STAR registration events—all taking place in major cities along the Thruway and downstate and none being hosted in St. Lawrence, Oswego and Jefferson Counties. 

According to the most recent numbers released by the Tax Department, roughly 16,000 homeowners in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties still need to reapply for the program.  As of November 26th, 75 percent of homeowners in Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties have re-registered and 72 percent of those eligible have re-registered in Jefferson County. 

December 2, 2013
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STAR registration events across New York State

Written by Joseph Spector, Gannett

ALBANY– The state tax department is holding weeklong registration events across the state starting Monday to get people to register for STAR.

The state is requiring homeowners who receive the tax break to re-register, and they’ll have the events in Binghamton, Rochester and Buffalo and three other cities, as well as on Long Island.

The deadline to re-register for STAR is Dec. 31.

December 2, 2013
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Do you receive a STAR school property tax break? Have you re-registered to keep receiving your Basic STAR exemption? Read more

A new state law aimed at streamlining the administration of New York State's school property tax relief program, commonly known as STAR, while at the same time helping to prevent fraud within the program, requires current Basic STAR enrollees to re-register in order to continue receiving their benefit.

November 25, 2013
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STAR Re-registration Event in City of Tonawanda

In 2013, New York State initiated a program that all recipients of The Basic STAR Property Tax exemption (Property owners UNDER AGE 65, or those over age 65 whose incomes exceeded $81,900) would have to re-register in order to receive the Basic STAR exemption. This was part of an initiative to protect New Yorkers against fraudulent or inappropriate STAR Exemptions.

November 20, 2013
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Basic STAR recipients in Orleans County urged to re-register

During a visit to Medina today, Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman Steve Hawley urged Basic STAR recipients in Orleans County to re-register for the popular school tax savings program in order to continue receiving benefits.

November 18, 2013
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New York State STAR Registration Program

Beginning in 2013, legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR property tax exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. This is part of a new initiative to protect New Yorkers against inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions.

November 18, 2013
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CASHING IN ON “STAR” SAVINGS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

How does hundreds of extra dollars in your pocket each year sound?  If you’re a homeowner, that’s what you could be receiving through the state’s STAR program, which provides 2.6 million homeowners in New York State—including nearly 85,000 in our region—with savings on their school property tax bills each year.

Recently, dozens of people in the Central and Northern New York region  re-registered for this money saving program through my STAR workshops, held in Watertown, Gouveruer and Pulaski.  Made possible with the help of local assessors, these events were aimed at helping those who currently receive Basic STAR re-register for the benefit, as a new state law aimed at streamlining administration of the program, and also helping to prevent fraud, requires current enrollees to reapply.  The requirement does not affect senior homeowners who are enrolled in Enhanced STAR.

The Basic STAR exemption is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the combined income of resident owners and their spouses is $500,000 or less.  Married couples with multiple residences are only eligible to receive one Basic STAR exemption.

I’ve been working hard to spread the word about re-registering for this money-saving program, and as a result, more than 1,100 homeowners have clicked through my website to reapply online for Basic STAR.  Currently, according to state officials, more than 20,000 Basic STAR enrollees in our region still need to re-register.  I’m hopeful that 100 percent of program participants will reenroll by the December 31st deadline. 

November 18, 2013
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Consumer Alert: Governor Cuomo Warns New Yorkers About Deceptive STAR Program Solicitations

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today advised taxpayers to beware of solicitations offering a fee-based service to apply for the School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemption – when homeowners can apply for free.

New homeowners have received letters offering to enroll them in the STAR Program for a substantial fee equivalent to the full amount of the taxpayers’ first year savings – which averages $700 statewide and can be as high as $3,000 for senior citizens in the Lower Hudson Valley and on Long Island. An example of these letters can be viewed here.

November 7, 2013
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1 in 3 Niagara County residents has not yet registered for Basic STAR

Senator George D. Maziarz and Assemblyman John Ceretto today urged Basic STAR recipients to re-register for the popular school tax savings program in order to continue receiving benefits. 

November 7, 2013
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST STAR WORKSHOPS IN NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NY THIS WEEK

***CLICK HERE TO RE-REGISTER FOR STAR NOW*** 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding homeowners that she will host “STAR Workshops” in St. Lawrence and Oswego Counties this week, aimed at helping those who currently receive Basic STAR re-register for the program. 

As a result of Senator Ritchie’s recent efforts to encourage re-registration in the STAR program, more than 1,100 homeowners have clicked through her website to apply online and through her first workshop—held in Jefferson County—dozens of others received assistance completing their applications. 

A new state law aimed at streamlining administration of the STAR program, and also helping to prevent fraud, requires current Basic STAR enrollees to re-register for the benefit, which saves the average household hundreds of dollars annually. The requirement does not affect senior homeowners who are enrolled in Enhanced STAR.

November 4, 2013
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST JEFFERSON COUNTY ‘STAR’ WORKSHOP MONDAY

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding the public that she will host her Jefferson County ‘STAR’ workshop on Monday, October 28th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Watertown High School. 

The workshop is the first of three being held in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Oswego Counties, aimed at helping the more than 20,000 homeowners who currently receive Basic STAR re-register for the program.

A new state law aimed at streamlining administration of the STAR program, and also helping to prevent fraud, requires current Basic STAR enrollees to re-register for the benefit, which saves the average household $700 annually. The requirement does not affect senior homeowners who are enrolled in Enhanced STAR.

October 27, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS RESIDENTS TO REGISTER WITH NEW YORK STATE TO CONTINUE RECEIVING BASIC STAR EXEMPTION

    Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding residents who currently receive the Basic STAR exemption that they must register with New York State in order to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and future years. The registration requirement is part of a new initiative to ensure that tax dollars are not wasted on inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions.

October 22, 2013
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RITCHIE TO HOST ‘STAR’ WORKSHOPS

Joining Forces with Assessors to Remind More than 20,000 CNY, NNY Homeowners They Still Need to Re-Register for Property Tax Savings

State Senator Patty Ritchie and local assessors are joining forces to help homeowners meet a requirement to re-register for the “Basic STAR” property tax savings program—and find information about other property tax discounts for which they also may qualify.

October 21, 2013
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October 16, 2013
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