The New York Governor’s Office announced a proposal to keep the School Tax Relief programs free from fraud and abuse.
The proposal would hold individuals who knowingly provide false information on STAR applications accountable by enacting a six year ban on STAR benefit eligibility.
The governor’s office says the proposal would also allow for the state to seek repayment in cases where a STAR check is inadvertently sent to someone whose primary residence was receiving a STAR exemption for the same year.
The STAR program provides $3.4 billion in relief from school property taxes. The program is available for homeowners with incomes less than $500,000.