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February 13th, 2013

Deadline to apply for STAR tax exemptions

Senator Bill Larkin

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is reminding homeowners that the deadline to apply for both the Basic and the Enhanced STAR school property tax exemption is March 1, 2013.

Basic STAR is available for primary residences where the owners’ total income is $500,000 or less. Basic STAR works by exempting the first $30,000 of the full assessed value of a home from school taxes. Homeowners generally only need to apply for this exemption once.

Enhanced STAR provides a larger benefit for the primary residences of homeowners who are age 65 and older and have incomes that were no greater than $79,050 in 2011. Homeowners who are currently 64 years old, but will turn 65 years old at some point in 2013, may still be eligible.

Enhanced STAR works by exempting the first $63,300 of the full assessed value of a home from school taxes. Homeowners who do not participate in the STAR Income Verification Program have to reapply for Enhanced STAR every year.

"Every little bit helps when it comes to paying school taxes," said Senator Larkin. "So if you have never applied for STAR in the past, recently moved, or think that you may be eligible for Enhanced STAR, you should contact your local assessor immediately so that you don’t miss out on these important savings."

"The March 1st deadline is right around the corner, so don’t delay," Larkin added.

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