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A change to the state’s School Tax Relief Program has local assessors scrambling to answer taxpayer concerns. The 2013-14 New York State budget has changes that will require current Basic STAR recipients to re-register in order to continue receiving their exemptions.

A change to the state’s School Tax Relief Program has local assessors scrambling to answer taxpayer concerns. The 2013-14 New York State budget has changes that will require current Basic STAR recipients to re-register in order to continue receiving their exemptions.

— The Enhanced STAR program for seniors age 65 and older is not impacted. Senior citizens are still required to meet the economic threshold of $74,100 or less and must be able to prove this threshold each year to receive the Enhanced STAR tax relief.

Taxpayers seeking additional information about changes to the STAR program should contact the state Tax Department at 457-2036, go online at TAX.NYS.GOV or call their local assessor.

The STAR Exemption has been in service since the late 1990s. The exemption was intended for those whose property was their single family residence. Over time it was extended to allow for those who owned multi-family properties provided that they lived in the multi-family property. Those people could only claim an exemption for the part of the property they inhabited.

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