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Old 01-28-2011, 08:48 AM
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I bought my house in 2008, filed for basic STAR and received a rebate check in early 2009. I heard that the STAR rebate was cancelled for 2009 so I wasn't surpirised when I didn't get a check in 2010. Then today, an article that I was reading referenced the STAR exemption (not rebate). I called my local Assessor and they said the exemption portion of STAR never went away, that I never enrolled in it, and that I can enroll in April but my taxes won't be lowered until 2012.

I'm slowly getting over the fact that I've overpayed 4 years worth of taxes. However, its clear that I obviously don't understand how this program works.

Does anyone understand this thing?

Am I correct in thinking that I'll enroll in the STAR exemption in April, my tax bill in 2012 will be lower (I make under the $500k ceiling), and my enrollment in the program will stay in place going forward so I get the exemption every year without any additional work on my part?

Did the exemption replace the rebate, or were they both in place at the same time giving a "double discount"?
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:35 AM
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the STAR rebate is different from the STAR exemption which has no income limit. Once you apply for the STAR exemption with your vilage, it renews every year automatically. It will save you about $2k in taxes every year. The rebate is something different where you got an actual check in the mail. There were income limits for STAR rebate so you may have not qualified. But I think it does not apply for 2010 anyway.
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Old 03-17-2011, 05:58 PM
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The rebate check (aka middle-class STAR) was discontinued. You can apply for "regular" or "enhanced" STAR with your local assessor. With enhanced, you re-apply every year; regular, you apply once.
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