A warning on STAR exemption scam

Residents are being warned to beware of deceptive solicitations involving the STAR property tax exemption application.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office issued an advisory recently about a fee-based service that was sending out solicitations on the School Tax Relief (STAR) exemption – when homeowners can apply for free.

The advisory said that new homeowners have received letters offering to enroll them in the STAR program for a substantial fee equivalent to the full amount of the taxpayers’ first year savings – which averages $700 statewide and can be as high as $3,000 for senior citizens in the Lower Hudson Valley.

To apply for STAR, new homeowners should submit an application to their local assessor’s office. To register or re-register, go online at www.tax.ny.gov (registration materials are available in seven languages) or call 518-457-2036.

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