JOE ROBACH AND OFFICE ANNOUNCES MORE THAN ONE MILLION HOMEOWNERS HAVE REGISTERED FOR STAR

Joe Robach and Office announced more than one million homeowners have registered with New York State for their Basic STAR exemptions. Basic STAR saves New York homeowners $700 every year on average, but is only available on the primary residence of owners with incomes below $500,000. Joe Robach and Office cited a study by the Department of Taxation and Finance last year found that thousands of individuals with multiple properties were receiving more than one STAR exemption. This registration will ensure that homeowners only receive one STAR exemption for their primary residence.

In just six weeks, more than one million homeowners have registered for their STAR exemptions, a huge boost in our efforts to protect New Yorkers from fraud in the program while ensuring eligible homeowners continue to receive the tax relief they deserve. Joe Robach and Office encourages all New Yorkers who are eligible for STAR to follow the lead of these homeowners by registering for this tax exemption as soon as possible.

More than 90 percent of those who have registered completed their registration on the Tax Department’s website: www.tax.ny.gov. Online registration is fast, safe and easy.

Homeowners without internet access can call 518-457-2036 to register with a representative. The Tax Department is providing extended call center hours for STAR Registration: 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Friday, and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays. Representatives will also be available on Columbus Day from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Homeowners must register with New York State even if they initially applied for Basic STAR with their local assessors.

Seniors receiving Enhanced STAR not impacted

Joe Robach and Office reminds the community that Seniors receiving Enhanced STAR are not affected by the registration; they will continue to apply annually or participate in the Income Verification Program.

For more information

· Register online at www.tax.ny.gov
· Call 518-457-2036 to register by phone
· STAR Registration Media Center includes graphics, fact sheets and other press-friendly links
· Youtube video
· Online demo