Late filers for the state’s school-tax relief program will still be able to get their full rebate under a proposal in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $137.2 billion budget plan.
Homeowners who receive an exemption under the state’s Basic STAR program faced a Dec. 31 deadline to re-register in order to keep receiving the benefit as part of a plan to cut down on fraud. Since then, the state Department of Taxation and Finance has continued to accept late registrations on its website and will until March 7, state Tax Commissioner Thomas Mattox (pictured) said at a legislative budget hearing Monday.
But those who miss the March 7 deadline may not be out of luck. Cuomo’s 2014-15 budget proposal would allow the tax department to reimburse homeowners who register after receiving their school-tax bill.
“The governor has introduced legislation in the executive budget to allow the (tax department) to provide a rebate to any homeowner who misses the deadline and would have been eligible for STAR had they contacted us within the registration period,” Mattox told state lawmakers at the hearing.
So far, about 2.4 million homeowners have re-registered for their tax rebate, according to Mattox. That represents about 89 percent of those who currently receive a Basic STAR exemption.
The registration program was passed as part of the state’s current budget, which runs through March 31. The re-registration period was meant to weed out claims for fraudulent exemptions, including those from homeowners who claim a STAR credit on more than one property.
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