The STAR tax exemption – School Tax Relief property tax exemption program - is one of the simplest, most basic tax relief programs in existence. It’s free and easy to apply for. Visit your town’s website and look for the STAR section or visit this New York State Department of Taxation and Finance website: http://www.tax.ny.gov/forms/orpts/star.htm.
Seniors are being targeted by individuals posing as experts who will enroll them, for an exorbitant fee – usually the first year’s exemption, which can be worth thousands. The person presents themselves as willing to help by filling out the form and charging “only” the amount that the senior gets in the first year of the exemption. The form does not take longer than three minutes to complete, and I am sure that the seniors don’t need to give away their exemption.
Unlike challenging a property valuation, which requires a bit of time and know-how, the STAR exemption was deliberately made simple. The individuals scamming seniors for their STAR exemption do so by letter, phone calls and emails.
Our advice – steer clear! Registration is free and easy. If you have any questions about an application, we invite you to call our office. There is no reason to pay anyone anything to apply for this exemption!