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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).   

Map of registration by county

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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