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New Yorkers will have to re-register for STAR rebate

Monday, March 25, 2013
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— All New Yorkers receiving the STAR property tax rebate will have to re-register for the local school tax breaks because of reports of widespread abuse and fraud.

The law concerning the $3 billion STAR program is part of the state budget bills now being passed in Albany.

Last month, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe reported his detectives found $679,000 of fraud or incorrect filing in just five towns.

He said the tax break was illegally applied to second homes and some landlords were taking the credit for their homes and for rental properties and rooming houses.

Officials say abuses and faulty filings cost the state $13 million in the 2011-12 fiscal year and will cost an estimated $73 million by the 2015-16 fiscal year unless changes were made.

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March 25, 2013
2:04 p.m.
justapto says...

I hope those people caught cheating will have the amount they owe put on the next tax bill.

March 25, 2013
2:33 p.m.
safny says...

With interest and penalties - how about arresting them? I am tired of people stealing from ME.

March 25, 2013
3:44 p.m.
Til847 says...

when do we have to re-register?

March 25, 2013
4:51 p.m.
pnotto says...

I thought Andy Cuomo was going to put a stop to all this with a wave of his magic wand.....

March 25, 2013
7:22 p.m.
dlittlecook says...

Looks like we will have to wait until the budget passes before we find out how to re-apply.

March 25, 2013
7:49 p.m.
grant18 says...

If you're lucky enough to have assessors like the great ones we have in our town, they'll let you know in plenty of time.

March 25, 2013
11:49 p.m.
roses says...

The Only Rebate Taxpayer's with no Children get !!! This State and Lawmakers need to wake up !!

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