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Rockland Set to Launch Crackdown on Property Tax Fraud

Audit: Improperly or fraudulently claimed STAR exemptions found in all five Rockland towns.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe and Rockland County's
town supervisors are expected to announce a major initiative to eliminate
fraud and abuse of the New York State STAR property tax relief program.

County officials say a recent audit of local homeowners has identified hundreds of cases of improperly or fraudulently claimed STAR exemptions in each of
Rockland’s five towns - Clarkstown, Orangetown, Haverstraw, Stony Point and Ramapo.

Officials contend misuse and those who knowingly “double-dip” STAR exemptions cost New York taxpayers millions each year and will be targeted in the crackdown.

The New York State School Tax Relief Program, according to the state, provides homeowners with two types of partial exemptions from school property taxes. If you earn less than $500,000 and own and live in your home, you're probably eligible for the STAR exemption.

Two types of STAR exemptions:

Basic STAR

  • available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the resident owners' and their spouses income is less than $500,000
  • exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes

Enhanced STAR

  • provides an increased benefit for the primary residences of senior citizens (age 65 and older) with qualifying incomes
  • exempts the first $63,300 of the full value of a home from school taxes as of 2013-14 school tax bills (up from $62,200 in 2012-13)

 

Tom Truth February 27, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Tom is going after STAR exemption fraud - how courageous! Thank goodness he is after fraud, since in NY and Rockland we know there isn't much of that in government programs such as medicaid, medicare, welfare, etc. Especially not within certain tight-knit communities that can't be mentioned, and EVERYONE knows who they are but NO ONE is willing to take on the challenge of exposing that fraud. Oh, and did someone recently mention computer funding but no computers? Tom, how about addressing some of that fraud?
Malka February 28, 2013 at 11:47 AM
It pays to know the facts rather than spread random rumors about communities you apparently don't know much about. Given that the awardees of the funds slated for computers are perfectly satisfied with how the money was spent, who are you to complain?

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