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More than one million homeowners already applied to STAR

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ALBANY, N.Y. - After about six weeks since some New York State homeowners received a reminder to register for the Basic STAR exemption, more than 1,000,000 homeowners have registered.

Governor Cuomo announced on Friday the response from homeowners who will be able to continue saving money every years thanks to the program.  On average, a homeowner will save $700 annually for homeowners with incomes bellows $500,000. 

"In just six weeks, more than one million homeowners have registered for their STAR exemptions, a huge boost in our efforts to protect New Yorkers from fraud in the program while ensuring eligible homeowners continue to receive the tax relief they deserve," Governor Cuomo said.

Cuomo also noted that more than 90 percent of those who have registered completed their registration on the Tax Department's website: www.tax.ny.gov.

If homeowners do not want to complete the registration online then they can call 518-457-2036 to register with a representative. The Tax Department has extended call center hours for STAR Registration: 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Friday, and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays. Representatives will also be available on Columbus Day from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Homeowners must register with New York State even if they initially applied for Basic STAR with their local assessors.

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