Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R-C, Macedon) wants constituents to know that Basic School Tax Relief exemption recipients have longer to re-register with the tax department than originally thought.
Although the New York State Tax Department had said the deadline for homeowners to re-register for the Basic STAR exemption is Dec. 31, homeowners who miss the deadline will have a final chance to register until early March when local assessors will remove exemptions from unregistered properties.
The third direct mailing will be the Tax Department’s last attempt to contact homeowners. The notification will indicate that they missed the deadline and they need to act immediately before their assessor is notified. The Basic STAR re-registration process began earlier this year when the tax department found thousands of homeowners were receiving STAR exemptions on more than one property. Basic STAR exemptions are only allowed on a primary residence. Senior citizens receiving Enhanced STAR are not affected by the Basic STAR re-registration process.
The new registration will rely on Social Security numbers to make it easy to see if people are using the exemption on more than one property.
The Basic STAR exemption is available to homeowners who have an income of less than $500,000 and only on their primary residence. The average savings per year is about $700.
Currently more than 2 million homeowners of the about 2.7 million properties in the state have re-registered with the Tax Department for Basic STAR exemption. Eighty-one percent of area property taxpayers have re-registered.
Homeowners can call (518) 457-2036 to re-register for Basic STAR or visit www.tax.ny.gov.