New Yorkers who received STAR tax exemption will need to reapply to keep it

New Yorkers who received the STAR tax exemption will need to reapply to keep it.

If you are one of the more than two and a half million homeowners in New York who receive the School Tax Relief or STAR tax exemption, you will soon have to reapply for the benefit.

It's all part of a statewide effort to crackdown on fraud in the STAR system.

In the next few weeks, homeowners will receive a letter telling them to reapply for the STAR program. You can reapply by phone or online.

In order to reapply, homeowners will have to verify their salary, primary residence and social security number.

The crackdown comes after an audit by the state last year found some homeowners claiming tax breaks on multiple homes.

The state estimates fraud in the STAR program cost it $13 million in lost revenue last year alone.

The new STAR registration requirement does not apply to seniors who receive the enhanced STAR exemption.

Homeowners looking to keep their STAR tax breaks will have until December 31st to reapply.

Click here for New York State's STAR exemption website. Click here for information on how to apply for the exemption. Contact your local tax assessor for deadline information.

Click here for information on the new registration program, or call (518) 457-2036.

It's something many have been talking about at the Center of Progress Building at the Fair.

Stevie Brown was at the Fair today reapplying. "I believe it's a good thing for the public, people are struggling with their finances and they need some breaks here and there, so I think it's a good thing," says Brown.

Mike Decker was at the Fair as well, seeking out the booth. "We've already registered on the internet. We had another question, what happens when we turn 65? That's what we were concerned with, the registration process and how often we have to do it. We needed to understand that," says Decker.

While many here at the fair are happy the State is cracking down on fraud. Sandra BiDenedetto-Nacy says she wonder why the State waited so long to collect social security numbers.

"Why would you wait this many years and not know who you're giving it to? You can only give it though social security number, so anybody can get it," says BiDenedetto.

The State says they have signed up more than 80,000 people in the last week.