STAR Deadline Is Tuesday
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has issued a final reminder – homeowners, must register for the Basic STAR property tax exemption by Tuesday, December 31, 2013.
Officials hoping to get word out emphasize they have conducted a massive outreach campaign, which has included telephone reminders to hundreds of thousands of people, participation in more than 275 local registration events, fielding more than half a million incoming phone calls , and sending multiple mailings directly to all 2.7 million eligible homeowners, as well as to local officials in every city, town and school district.
The average homeowner saves $700 each year on their local school property tax bill as a result of the Basic STAR exemption. By registering with the Tax Department – a one-time only event – they’ll continue to be eligible for the benefit in 2014 and beyond.
Senior citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption are not impacted by the new registration program.
Homeowners who haven’t registered can visit www.tax.ny.govand register online; for those without Internet access, call the Tax Department’s STAR Hotline at 518-457-2036 (translators stand ready to assist speakers of all languages).