New York State officials reported Tuesday that the recently enacted budget includes measures to prevent STAR fraud and abuse, including a six-year ban during which those found to have knowingly provided false information on a STAR credit application will be barred from receiving STAR benefits. The provision also expands the STAR Income Verification Program. The enacted budget also permits the Commissioner of the Department of Taxation and Finance to seek repayment if a STAR check was inadvertently sent to someone whose primary residence was receiving a STAR exemption for the same year.

Michael Baldwin