NY: Did Your Tax Break Get Thrown Out With Your Junk Mail?


taxesA number of New Yorkers may have tossed their tax breaks out with their junk mail.

For 15 years, Dorothy Winter has received her property tax discount from the state’s Star Program automatically.

“It does reduce my taxes so anything that does that is a helpbecause the taxes keep going up and up a little bit every year,” she told CBS 2′s Kristine Johnson.

This year, the state did things differently and some homeowners could be missing out on their money.

“I thought it should have been more personalized. It just said ‘property owner’ and your address and most of that kind of thing you rip up because you don’t pay attention to that kind of mail,” Garden City resident Dawn DiGregoria said.

Residents who tossed their letters do have options.
“They just need to come on to our website and find their property or call us and we will give them the information they need to register,” New York State Tax Department spokesman Tim Maher said.

The state made the change in an effort to root out fraud and find homeowners who were claiming more than one exemption. Despite the extra work many residents were supportive.

Read more at CBS NEW YORK.

{Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. In a shocking report: we learned that mega-behemoth Chase Bank has issued letters to thousands of business customers indicating that they will no longer be allowing international wire transfers or cash deposits/withdrawals in excess of a $50,000 monthly cap. I guess we’ll just have to rely on G-D and not on the almighty Dollar.

  2. Here is the NY State Department of Taxation and Finance phone number to register for basic STAR over the phone: 518-457-2036. (All property owners who are entitled to Basic STAR are now required to register for Basic STAR for 2013-2014 either via phone or via website. Those with Enhanced STAR are not affected.)
    The website is: http://www.tax.ny.gov and click on: STAR Registration Program at the bottom middle of the screen.