Update on Basic New York STAR Exemption Filing

This is an update to Megan Curinga’s original blog post on this topic on September 20, 2013.

The Basic New York STAR (School Tax Assessment Relief) exemption exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes where the income of the resident owners and their spouses is less than $500,000. 

New legislation was passed in 2013 requiring all homeowners eligible to receive a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in order to continue to receive future STAR exemptions beginning in 2014. On August 19, 2013, the Tax Department began accepting online registrations. Although it was previously indicated that registration must be completed by December 31, 2013 to qualify for the Basic STAR exemption in 2014, the state is accepting late applications. 

For people who are purchasing new homes and want to apply for their STAR exemption in 2014, they need to apply in person with their local assessor. In the autumn of 2014, the Tax Department will notify new purchasers by mail regarding registration with the Tax Department in order to continue receiving Basic STAR in 2015 and beyond.

Normally the local tax assessor will require not only proof of ownership, but proof of occupancy.  The form of proof of occupancy can vary depending on the policies of the local assessors.  For most, an updated driver’s license and updated Voter Registration Form is sufficient.

The Department of Taxation and Finance has updated its web page with information on registering with the state, and has included some videos that may be helpful.  Here is the web address: http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star13/default.htm.

Article written by Megan E. Curinga, Esq.  For more information please contact Ms. Curinga at 607-723-5341 or by email at mcuringa@hhk.com.

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