Some seniors confused by STAR re-registration

Updated: 12/12/2013 10:59 AM
Created: 12/12/2013 10:39 AM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

We are getting calls from some of our viewers who get Enhanced STAR benefits with their property taxes and they say they're confused and concerned about the new re-registration rules.

Let's clear it up here. 

According to the State Tax Department, "The registration requirement only applies to homeowners receiving the Basic STAR exemption. Seniors receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption are not impacted. Basic STAR is available on the primary homes of homeowners with incomes below $500,000. Enhanced STAR is available to seniors 65 and older with incomes below $81,900. Seniors, though not impacted by the registration, do need to continue doing what they've done in the past to keep the exemption: apply annually or participate in the Income Verification Program."

The re-registration (put in place to weed out people claiming STAR on more than one property) affects homeowners who get Basic STAR exemptions. The Tax Department website says "new legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years."

The deadline to register is December 31, 2013.

The average exemption on property taxes for Basic STAR is $700. The average exemption on property taxes for Enhanced STAR is $1,200.

Click here to read the STAR fact sheet from the State Tax Department

To register by phone, you can call (518) 457-2036.


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