The State of New York tried to get ahead of the game on this year’s school tax relief rebate checks.
But last year, instead of a discount coming right out of your tax bill, the State sent STAR rebate checks. That created a headache for many — and a year later, not much has changed.
New York State says 130,000 STAR rebate checks from 2016 have been issued — meaning thousands have still not been mailed.
The State’s Tax and Finance Department says there is a reason behind this: “The reason why all checks don’t go out at once is because localities issue tax bills at different times, thus they provide us the necessary data to process checks at different times.”
The issue? Bills still need to be paid.
Ed Laughlin from Irondequoit has had enough. He said his STAR rebate check was late last year, and this year’s financial burden is no different.
“I have to pay the full amount of $3,200, which is coming out,” Laughlin said. “In other words, you want to use my money to pay the $3,200 in taxes and then wait for what now you’re calling a refund?”
There’s a new online tool to help you know when your rebate check will arrive, to use it head to the Department of Taxation and Finance’s website.