New STAR Exemption Requirements- Register Today!!

Homeowners in New York State have started to receive letters from New York State Department of Taxation and Finance about a new one-time registration requirement to receive the STAR tax exemption. The registration requirement aims to protect taxpayer dollars by cracking down on fraud, and more specifically, people who claim exemptions on multiple properties.

Between now and December 31, 2013, homeowners must register either online through the Department’s website portal or via telephone at (518) 457-2036. Taxpayers will need to have their letter from the Department with the property-specific code number and Social Security numbers for every homeowner.  The registration process requires the taxpayer to confirm that their household income does not exceed $500,000 and confirm that the property listed for a STAR exemption is their primary residence.  The registration requirement does not apply to seniors receiving enhanced STAR.

To register your property, visit: http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star13/default.htmor telephone (518) 457-2036 weekdays between 8 am to 8pm weekdays or Saturday between 9 am to 1 pm.

Answers to frequently asked questions and a map showing when residents can expect to receive their letter from the Department of Taxation and Finance are available here.

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About Mike Durant

Mike Durant was named New York State Director of NFIB in May 2011. Prior to joining NFIB as the Assistant State Director in May 2010, Durant began his career in the New York Senate working in the Office of Member Services. From there, he served in a number of positions during former New York Governor George E. Pataki’s administration. As a Research Specialist in the New York State Office of Demographic Policy, Mike was responsible for drafting a redistricting proposal for Governor Pataki. In addition, Mike served as a Research Specialist for the Empire State Development Corporation, as well as the Associate Commissioner of Human Resource Management with the New York Department of Labor. Durant also spent four years working at the Questar III BOCES as a specialist focusing on the complex formulas that drive aid to school districts across the state while also taking a lead role in the state legislative/budget process as it related to education policy. These past positions have given Mike a deep understanding of the complex political economics of the State of New York. Active in the community, Durant has served on a number of boards in both the village of Ballston Spa and Town of Milton. Durant received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and resides in Ballston Spa with his wife and two children.
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