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STAR Registration Hits the 2 Million MarkLocal percent registered ranges from 100% to 60%
For Release: Immediate, Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Contact: Geoffrey Gloak, 518-457-7377

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance said today that more than 2 million qualified homeowners statewide have now registered for the STAR property tax exemption. The deadline is December 31.

"STAR saves homeowners an average of $700 every year, but time is running out," said Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox.  "If you're eligible and haven't registered yet, take a little time from your busy holiday schedule and register today.  It only takes between 2 and 4 minutes to complete the process online."

The Tax Department, which has hosted more than 200 in-person registration events across the state, has directly mailed at least once all of the nearly 2.7 million New York homeowners who claimed the exemption last year.  In November, the Department sent reminder postcards to 900,000 who had not yet registered.

The registration is a one-time process - assuring that homeowners will get the Basic STAR exemption in 2014, and beyond.  Senior citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption are not impacted by the new registration program.

The Basic STAR exemption is available on the primary residence of homeowners with incomes under $500,000. The registration stems from a Tax Department investigation that found thousands of taxpayers receiving STAR exemptions on more than one property.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo included the initiative in the 2013-14 State Budget.  He directed the Tax Department to develop a user-friendly system to eliminate inappropriate exemptions while making it simple for eligible homeowners to maintain their STAR benefits. 

Register online or by phone

To register, visit www.tax.ny.gov or call 518-457-2036.  Online information is available in six different languages and translators stand ready to assist via telephone. The Department is offering extended STAR Hotline hours through December 31 - 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. weekdays, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

 Municipalities with the Highest Percent Registered 

Municipality

County

% Registered

Red House

Cattaraugus

100%

Clifton Park

Saratoga

90%

Pendleton

Niagara

89%

Halfmoon

Saratoga

89%

Lancaster

Erie

89%

East Greenbush

Rensselaer

89%

Glenville

Schenectady

88%

Brunswick

Rensselaer

88%

Orchard Park

Erie

88%

Clarence

Erie

88%

Municipalities with the Highest Number of Unregistered Basic STAR Recipients

Municipality

County

Not Registered

% Registered

New York City

-

226,038

60%

Hempstead

Nassau

43,435

71%

Brookhaven

Suffolk

21,917

77%

Oyster Bay

Nassau

14,820

77%

Islip

Suffolk

13,932

77%

North Hempstead

Nassau

12,366

72%

Huntington

Suffolk

10,280

77%

Buffalo

Erie

9,749

68%

Yonkers

Westchester

9,379

64%

Rochester

Monroe

8,895

65%

Map of registration by county

List of registration by municipality

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Updated: December 10, 2013