Senior citizens who get the enhanced Star exemption do not need to re-register under this NYS program.
Property tax assistance renewal under way
Submitted by Billie Owens on August 23, 2013 - 11:36am
Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is encouraging local homeowners using the Basic STAR Exemption for property tax assistance to register with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to continue their exemption for 2014 and beyond.
In compliance with new guidelines meant to prevent fraud and abuse of STAR benefits, participants must sign up by telephone or online by Dec. 31. The new guidelines do not affect homeowners age 65 or above enrolled in Enhanced STAR.
"Property taxes continue to be a primary source of financial stress for local homeowners, and the STAR exemption is a critical way to reduce the cost of living,” Hawley said. “It is essential that anyone who has relied on this program to combat the excessive cost of property taxes, signs up to ensure that they receive the help they deserve.”
Does anyone know why we have to reapply..why enhanced people don't have to...just wondering..
A recent NYS aduit uncovered cases where people who own rental properties were getting the basic Star exemption on all their rental properties. Apparently this was so common they ordered everybody to reapply with stricter standards. Seniors who get the extended Star either have to reapply every year or have an income verification every year.