State Sen. George Latimer, D-Rye, was right, after all, regarding extension of the deadline for registering your STAR tax exemption with the state.
Geoff Gloak, spokesman for the state Department of Taxation and Finance, said Thursday that his office has begun sending out letters, telling homeowners that they have 45 days to register. In early March, local assessors will be instructed to remove these exemptions, which can be worth as much as $2,200 a year.
Tax Watch last month faulted Latimer for sending a press release in mid-December, saying that the deadline for registration would be extended past Dec. 31. At the time, the state said the online registration process would end on Dec. 31, with some new process to be developed. The state has since kept the online registration program open.
My Tax Watch story on Friday will explore the issue, with 33,000 STAR recipients in Westchester, Putnam, and Rockland counties failing so far to file. Their tax-exemptions are worth an estimated $53 million.
You can register for STAR at http://www.tax.ny.gov/ or you can call 518-457-2036.