More than half of the eligible homeowners have re-registered for their Basic STAR exemptions, the state Tax Department announced today.
More than 2.6 million homeowners receive the Basic STAR exemption, which saves the average homeowner $700 a year in taxes, Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports.
“More than 1.3 million homeowners have used our fast and easy registration process to ensure they don’t lose their STAR exemptions,” Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas Mattox said in a statement. “If you haven’t registered yet, we encourage you to register today.
Counties including Monroe, Chemung, Genesee, and Broome have had over 60 percent of eligible homeowners register.
Westchester County had only 31 percent of homeowners registered because their letters have only gone out recently, the Tax Department said.
Eligible homeowners have until Dec. 31, 2013 to re-register.
Last year, a study found thousands of homeowners were receiving more than one STAR exemption on multiple properties. Homeowners may only receive an exemption for their primary residence and launched a re-registration program to decrease fraud.
Seniors receiving Enhanced STAR are not impacted by the re-registration.
For more information or register online visit: www.tax.ny.gov or call 518-457-2036.
Below is Basic STAR re-registration percent by county:
• Broome: 63 percent
• Chemung: 65 percent
• Delaware: 52 percent
• Dutchess: 57 percent
• Erie: 63 percent
• Genesee: 62 percent
• Livingston: 62 percent
• Monroe: 64 percent
• Ontario: 64 percent
• Orleans: 61 percent
• Otsego: 53 percent
• Putnam: 61 percent
• Rockland: 56 percent
• Steuben: 60 percent
• Tompkins: 65 percent
• Ulster: 56 percent
• Westchester: 31 percent