State targets county’s wealthiest families to exempt them from STAR

NORWICH – Chenango County’s assessors were given extra work last month to abide by a new state law that revoked the School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax break for families that make more than $500,000.

The New York Department of Taxation and Finance cross referenced assessment roll information and its own income tax return records to verify those families that were over the income limit and not eligible for the exemption any longer, and also those that they were unable to determine. The county’s assessors were then obliged to send out notifications to both groups.

Of the 10,224 School Tax Relief exemptions in Chenango County, 24 were over the income limit and 59 were not able to be determined.

Property owners affected will be permitted to submit 2009 federal and state returns in order to continue receiving the exemption.

“Assessors have been made aware that there could be errors made in the determinations,” said Chenango County Real Property Tax Services Director Steve Harris.

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