Don't skip that letter about the STAR exemption

star exemption registration notice

From the boring-but-important file: If you own a home and get a Basic STAR property tax exemption (and most people do) you need to register with the state tax department by the end of this year -- or lose out on the tax break for next year. Here's the online registration link.

The registration requirement is part of legislation for the most recent state budget -- it's aimed at cutting down on people claiming inappropriate exemptions. After registering this year, it won't be necessary to register again. As the state Department of Taxation and Finance explains: "based on the information provided in the registration process, the Tax Department will monitor homeowners' eligibility in future years."

The tax department announced this week that it's sent out 320,000 letters to homeowners getting the Basic STAR exemption in northern and eastern New York, so you'll probably get a letter soon, if you haven't already. (We got ours today.) The registration requirement doesn't affect the Enhanced STAR exemption for senior citizens.

The Basic STAR exemption exempts the first $30k of the full value of a home from school taxes, so it can be worth hundreds of dollars. It's available to owner-occupied, primary residences where the resident owners' and their spouses income is less than $500,000.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Solid Sound 2015 lineup

The lineup for the Solid Sound Festival this summer at MASS MoCA is now out. It's headlined by Wilco -- because, you know, it's Wilco's... (more)

AOA Birthday Party 7

Let it be known: This year's AOA Birthday Party -- the seventh, unbelievably -- is later this month. And you're invited (obviously). AOA7 will be... (more)

Morning Blend

Today is Lobby Day at the State Capitol, when thousands of people from around the state will converge on the Capitol to lobby for funding... (more)

A few more bits about the planned upgrades at Thacher State Park

The rendering above is the latest version of the new visitor center planned for Thacher Park State Park. It was released this week as part... (more)

Three reasons why bringing the Olympics back to New York State is a bad idea

Every now and then the idea of New York State hosting the Olympics pops up. And it's done so again this week, with leaders in... (more)

Recent Comments

... But some of the negatives mentioned could be flipped into positives, after all the 1980 games was seen as a toned down version of previous events. In terms of Olympic infrastructure, Lake Placid has most of it already. ...

AOA Birthday Party 7

...has 1 comment, most recently from Jamie

Three reasons why bringing the Olympics back to New York State is a bad idea

...has 3 comments, most recently from Justin

Byrne Dairy ice cream sandwiches

...has 5 comments, most recently from Daniel B.

Orange is the new green

...has 1 comment, most recently from Sue

Park South redevelopment plan gets final OK

...has 30 comments, most recently from daleyplanit