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STAR exemption renewals lag

Recent reports by the state Department of Tax and Finance have signaled extremely low re-registration numbers for the Basic STAR property-tax exemption program, according to state Assemblyman Bill Reilich, R-Greece.

All homeowners, even those receiving the property-tax exemption, must re-register by Dec. 31 to be enrolled in the program. Information from the state Department of Tax and Finance posted re-registration numbers in Monroe County at 64 percent, as of Oct. 24.

An audit in March found widespread abuse of the Basic STAR program; estimates by the state comptroller’s office show as much as $13 million in fraud and abuse.

The new registration for Basic STAR will only be required once, and homeowners will not have to re-register in future years. For more information, visit http://tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star13.htm.