TAX ALERT: SENATOR BALL REMINDS STAR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS TO REAPPLY FOR 2014

 

    Brewster, N.Y. – 8/19/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is urging anyone that is currently receiving the Basic School Tax Relief exemption (Basic STAR) to reapply by the end of the year to continue receiving the benefits.

    The Basic STAR program provides a partial exemption from school taxes for homeowners with incomes less than $500,000 on their primary residence.

    New legislation requires all homeowners receiving the Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years.

    Senator Ball said this is part of a new initiative to protect New Yorkers against inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions.

    “While this new requirement is aimed at weeding out abusers of the $1.9 billion system, I want to make sure that my constituents who need and deserve the relief are not ‘weeded out’ in the process. I strongly urge those that are rightfully receiving the exemption to reapply before the end of the year so they can continue to receive this much needed tax break,” said Senator Greg Ball. “New Yorkers pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation, and in the galaxy for that matter. We need to be expanding upon our tax relief to seniors, working families and small businesses and this important program aims at doing exactly that.”

    The Tax Department will mail instructions to all homeowners who currently receive the Basic STAR exemption. The letters will include a STAR code that homeowners will need to register. Seniors who receive Enhanced STAR are not affected by the new requirements.

    The fastest and easiest way for homeowners to register is through the Tax Department’s web site,www.tax.ny.gov. Homeowners will need their STAR code to register. In addition to being included in the instructions that were mailed to them, homeowners will be able to find their STAR code through an online lookup or by calling the Tax Department at (518) 457-2036.

    For more information contact Joe Bachmeier at jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796.

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