Auditors estimate these exemptions cost New York State $13 million during the 2010-11 fiscal year and could top $73 million by the 2015-16 fiscal year.
The STAR tax exemption is designed to only cover 1 property per person since it has to be their principal residence:
New York’s STAR program provides a partial exemption from school taxes for most owner-occupied, primary residences. Basic STAR exemptions are available for an owner-occupied, primary residence where the income of owners and their spouses totals less than $500,000. . . . Property owners are eligible for one exemption for a primary residence only.
It is true that some exemptions may be accidental such as when the owner dies, but some of the exemptions found were from duplicate filings:
Auditors found the majority of duplicate exemptions involved individuals who received exemptions for property that was not their primary residence or was seasonal property. Read more »
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