Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel reminds constituents that they have until midnight on December 31 to apply for a 2008 STAR Rebate Program check.

Although most homeowners received their STAR rebate check automatically, others need to apply for the rebate due to changes in their property assessment records or because they were eligible in 2007 but did not apply. New homeowners and homeowners whose property information changed during the past year should have received a notice or an application from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

Property owners who are eligible for the 2008 STAR rebate and have not received a check should verify their enrollment in the STAR program with the Office of the Nassau County Assessor at 571-2391.

Homeowners who have received an application are encouraged to apply online at www.nystax.gov by using the STAR code provided for their property. Paper applications can also be completed and mailed to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, PO Box 15120, Albany, New York 12212. Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

For more information about STAR please contact the New York State Taxation and Finance Department at (866) 358-2511.

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