After just six weeks, more than one million homeowners have registered with New York State for their Basic STAR exemptions.
Basic STAR saves New York homeowners $700 every year on average, but is only available on the primary residence of owners with incomes below $500,000.
A study by the Department of Taxation and Finance last year found that thousands of individuals with multiple properties were receiving more than one STAR exemption.
This registration will ensure that homeowners only receive one STAR exemption for their primary residence.
"In just six weeks, more than one million homeowners have registered for their STAR exemptions, a huge boost in our efforts to protect New Yorkers from fraud in the program while ensuring eligible homeowners continue to receive the tax relief they deserve," Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
"I encourage all New Yorkers who are eligible for STAR to follow the lead of these homeowners by registering for this tax exemption today."
More than 90 percent of those who have registered completed their registration on the Tax Department's website: www.tax.ny.gov.
Homeowners without internet access can call 457-2036 to register with a representative.
The Tax Department is providing extended call center hours for STAR Registration: 8:30am-8pm. Monday-Friday, and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
Representatives will also be available on Columbus Day from 9am-1pm.
Homeowners must register with New York State even if they initially applied for Basic STAR with their local assessors.