New legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR Exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. Homeowners will not have to register in order to receive the 2013 STAR Exemptions.
This is part of a new initiative to protect New Yorkers against the costs of inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions.
During August and September, the Tax Department will mail a letter to all homeowners with 2013-14 Basic STAR exemptions. The letter will include a unique STAR code that the homeowner will need in order to register. (Homeowners will also be able to look up their STAR code online or by calling the Department.)
To register, homeowners will have the option to use an online application or call the Department.