June 6, 2016
BATH, NY –
The Steuben County Legislative spokesperson, Mary Perham, just sent out this statement:
As part of New York State’s transition from STAR school property tax exemptions to the new state personal income tax credit/check program (STAR Tax Credit), the state Department of Taxation and Finance recently announced the following changes for qualifying property owners: * Property owners in all areas in Steuben County, except for the City of Hornell, must have purchased their home after March 1, 2015. Property owners in the City of Hornell must have purchased their property after Jan. 1, 2015. * The new program also is available for home owners who have never applied for the STAR benefit on their primary residence or received a letter advising them to register for STAR Tax Credit. Registration for the new program must be online at www.tax.ny.gov or by phone (518) 457-2036. Enrollment will allow qualifying property owners to receive a check from the state in the amount of standard school tax exemptions. The state Department of Tax and Finance said those who register by July 1 and are approved for exemptions should receive their checks by the fall. Homeowners who applied with their local tax assessor for the original STAR exemption by March 1, 2016 will receive a letter denying them enrollment in the old program, and provide them with instructions for registration in the new STAR Tax Credit program. Please note — Homeowners who received a STAR exemption on their property for 2015-2016 school taxes may remain in the STAR program, Basic or Enhanced, as long as they continue to meet eligibility requirements, and stay in the eligible home.
Those now enrolled in Basic or Enhanced STAR programs will continue to receive their current STAR school property tax exemption — or may opt to enroll permanently in the new STAR Tax Credit check program. The changes in school property tax exemptions this year are due to laws included in the state 2016-17 budget, according to county Real Property Tax Service Agency Director Wendy Flaitz.