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.