FOR RELEASE: CONTACT: David Chauvin
December 22, 2006 (516) 869-7794
STAR EXEMPTION DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING
NORTH HEMPSTEAD RECEIVER OF TAXES ELECTRONICALLY IDENTIFIES THOSE OWNERS NOT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE STAR PROGRAM.
Manhasset, NY (December 22) – North Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Rocco Iannarelli announced today that he has mailed a letter to over 16,000 electronically-identified taxpayers who appeared to be eligible for Basic Star Exemption school tax relief, but may not have yet filed an application, reminding them that the deadline for filing is January 2, 2007. Receiver Iannarelli enclosed a Basic Star Exemption application form with each letter, and urged the taxpayer to take a few moments to fill it out and submit it before the January 2, 2007 deadline.
“We electronically reviewed our taxpayer records and identified those property owners who appear to have not taken advantage of the Basic Star Exemption,” Iannarelli said. “The Star Exemption is on the school portion of our residents’ property taxes, and Town property owners can reduce their school taxes by next year if they file an application for the Program by January 2, 2007.”
The Basic Star Exemption Program to reduce school property taxes is offered by the State of New York and administered locally by the Nassau County Department of Assessment. The program is available for owner-occupied, primary residences regardless of the owners’ ages or incomes. Basic STAR allows residents to exempt the first $30,000 of the full value of their home from school taxes. Owners simply file an application with their local assessor, and, once granted, they are automatically sent a check refunding on the taxes paid on the first $30,000 of their house. A typical reduction for a North Hempstead resident can range from $500 to $1000.
“There may only be two weeks left to file an application,” added Mr. Iannarelli, “but it only takes two minutes to fill it out. I urge every resident who receives a letter to take full advantage of this program.”
Once someone has received the Basic Star Exemption, that person need not reapply every year.
Photo (L to R): Tax Receiver Rocco Iannarelli helps a local resident fill out her Star Exemption form.