Joe Robach and office offer STAR reminder

Joe Robach and his office would like to remind residents that the deadline is near for our state’s STAR tax relief program.

New York State’s School Tax Relief Program—or STAR—lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences. There are two types of benefits, Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR. There is no age limit to Basic STAR and the program is available to property owners earning less than $500,000 per year.

Basic STAR exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes and once approved, you need not reapply each year, unless you move to a new primary residence.  Property owners who are turning 65 or older this year with a total annual income of $79,050 or less are eligible for Enhanced STAR.

Enhanced STAR provides even greater savings for homeowners by exempting the first $63,300 of the full value of your home from school taxes. The STAR program is administered locally, you can obtain and file applications at your town assessor’s office through March 1st. The deadline for residents in the City of Rochester is February 1st each year.

You can also click here (http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/index.htm) or call the STAR hotline at 1-877-678-2769 for more information.  Questions?  Contact the office of Joe Robach.