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NOT MUCH TIME LEFT TO REGISTER FOR STAR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

Hopefully, you haven’t overlooked a letter from New York State to register for the 2014 STAR Property Tax Exemption. If you did, there’s still time to register to continue receiving

This year ALL homeowners receiving Basic STAR property tax exemption MUST register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in year 2014 and after.  The STAR exemption is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the combined income of resident owners and their spouses is $500,000 or less.  The registration deadline is December 31, 2013.

Senior Citizens receiving Enhanced STAR property tax exemption are not affected by this new requirement and do not need to register.  To qualify for the Enhanced STAR you must be 65 years or older and the combined income of resident owners and their spouses must be $81,900 or less.

Eligibility in 2014 is based on income information from the 2012 tax year.  Income means federal “adjusted gross income” minus the “taxable amount” of total distributions from individual retirement accounts or individual retirement annuities (IRAs).

YOU MUST ANNUALLY PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE ENHANCED STAR TAX EXEMPTION. FAILURE TO DO SO CAN RESULT IN YOUR RECEIVING BASIC STAR TAX EXEMPTION ONLY.

There are 3 ways to register for STAR Tax Exemption:

  • Register online at WWW.TAX.NY.GOV
  • Register by phone by calling the Tax Department at (518) 457-2036, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 8:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Visiting the Mount Vernon Department of Assessment in Room 8 at City Hall

Persons experiencing difficulty registering for Basic or Enhanced STAR are encouraged to call or visit the Department of Assessment for assistance. Your application will be quickly filed with the New York State Tax Department by our capable staff members. Remember, the deadline for filing is December 31, 2013.

 

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