Application Deadline for STAR Rebates Extended Until End of Year

October 25, 2007

Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D – Ulster, Dutchess) announced Assembly passage of a deadline extension to apply for the Middle Class STAR rebate (A.9479). The deadline would be moved back to Dec. 31 from Nov. 30. The extension was made in response to problems encountered in several counties in verifying rebate eligibility and delays with mailings and paperwork.

“Property taxes in the Hudson Valley have spiraled out of control and until we can reform our education system by funding schools through an equitable statewide revenue source it is important to make sure everyone has a chance to apply for the tax relief to which they are entitled,” said Assemblymember Cahill. “This bill will give residents more time to submit their applications and the State will have more time to process those applications and mail rebate checks.”

Homeowners should have received a letter and application from the State Department of Taxation and Finance with all the information needed. There are two ways to apply:

  • Visit www.nystax.gov to submit an online rebate application. Taxpayers will receive an online confirmation as proof that the Tax Department received their application. It will take only about 2 weeks to receive a rebate check instead of 4 to 6 weeks if a paper application is filled out.
  • Those who can’t apply online should fill out the form included with the letter provided by the Tax Department. A blank application can also be printed out from the Department’s Web site or from the local assessor’s office.

For those who did not receive or have misplaced their letter, contact the Tax Department at 1-877-6-STAR-NY (1-877-678-2769). The physical address of the property and the property identification information from a tax bill must be provided. Seniors 65 years or older who receive Enhanced STAR will receive their checks automatically. There is no need to apply.

This bill has been passed by both houses of the Legislature and is awaiting the Governor’s approval.