Aug 23

Action Required: NYS STAR Registration Not Automatically Renewed

by Geoff Wells

For almost all New York State homeowners, the School Tax Relief (STAR) program reduces the amount of property tax owed. This program saves families hundreds of dollars every year.  Previously, a new homeowner registered for the STAR property tax exemption when purchasing a home.  After the initial application, the STAR exemption was carried forward into the future.   Unfortunately for 2014, NYS STAR exemption is not automatically renewed and each resident needs to reapply or risk losing the exemption.

Do you qualify?

The exemption is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the combined income of resident owners and their spouses is $500,000 or less.

What to do now?

New York State is requiring all STAR homeowners (senior citizens with Enhanced STAR are exempt) to reapply for the STAR credit.   In the mail shortly, there will be a letter from the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance with instructions on how to apply for the STAR exemption.   You can also find the information on the NYS tax website at or by calling the Tax department at (518) 457-2036.

Please make sure you reapply for the STAR tax exemption and pass the word around to all friends and family.

About the Author

Geoff Wells is a Certified Financial Planner at Rockbridge Investment Management. “My interest in financial planning grew from assisting friends and coworkers with their retirement plans. Over time, I developed a knack for simplifying overly complex financial topics. After several years into my aerospace career, I knew that helping people with their personal finances was my professional calling. I feel extremely fortunate to have joined Rockbridge with its fee-only advisory model and remarkable team approach to financial planning.” Geoff is a graduate of the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Certification, Ohio State University Finance (M.S.) and MBA, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, with a Mechanical Engineering (B.S.), University at Buffalo.
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