NYS still has up to 200,000 property tax relief checks to send

ALBANY – As many as 200,000 New Yorkers are still waiting for their homeowners tax relief checks, which the state began sending out in June as part of an accelerated plan to fight inflation and help New Yorkers. Yorkers to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials said on Friday.

State officials say the remaining owners will receive their checks before the end of the year.

Checks average $823 and range from a few hundred dollars for homeowners with household incomes up to $250,000 to checks over $1,000 for households with incomes under $75,000.

A total of 2.5 million taxpayers will receive a total of $2.2 billion. So far, about $1.7 billion has been sent to qualified taxpayers, according to the state’s tax and finance department.

“The vast majority of these checks have already been delivered and the remaining checks will continue to be mailed in the coming weeks,” said James Gazzale, spokesman for the IRS.

He said the state said some of the checks haven’t gone out yet because it’s awaiting data on school tax bills from some school districts, which it expects to receive later this month- here or at the beginning of September.

Governor Kathy Hochul had argued in April that controls needed to be accelerated so New Yorkers could be relieved from both rising inflation and the economic impact of the pandemic. Most checks were mailed in June, though state officials acknowledged in July that some would have to wait for tax information from school districts.

The state tax department website said a taxpayer can expect to receive the check between when they receive a school tax bill, usually in the spring; and before payment is due, usually in the fall.

Joseph Cipp, 74, and his wife, Laura, of Brookhaven, have been waiting for their check since June. Joseph Cipp began writing letters to state officials in Albany in July, then he began phoning their supervisors and Hochul. He watched his neighbors receive their checks and he didn’t.

“Hochul said everything would be in the mail in June,” Cipp told Newsday. “Every day we ran to the mailbox. ‘Did we understand?’ And we didn’t understand it. »

The retired Bellport teacher and coach knows how schools work, and he doesn’t buy the idea that his late check is because the state lacks certain tax information from school districts. He said his calls and letters to Albany so far haven’t helped, even though city officials have told him all of his tax records are in order. He said he couldn’t even determine if the check was stolen or lost.

“They gave me a bunch of reasons,” he said. “It’s terrible. … I almost said, ‘Forget it,’ but it’s not just a hundred dollars. It’s significant. We’re old and we could use it nowadays.

Gazzale said officials are looking into Cipp’s case.

The state has no way for taxpayers to see if their check has already been sent or is on its way. A taxpayer can view the amount of their check on a state portal at https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/htrc/lookup.htm on the Tax Department’s website. ‘State. The portal provides the check amount based on county, city or town, school district, and income range.

The checks, which are part of the state budget passed in April, are a one-time benefit for homeowners, who do not need to apply or provide information to obtain the benefit. The checks are in addition to traditional STAR property tax breaks.

For tax purposes, owners who do not itemize their tax returns do not need to add the check amount to their tax return. Homeowners who itemize must reduce their itemized deduction for property taxes paid by the total amount of the homeowner tax rebate and STAR credit or deduction. The state urges taxpayers to save their pay stubs.

ALBANY – As many as 200,000 New Yorkers are still waiting for their homeowners tax relief checks, which the state began sending out in June as part of an accelerated plan to fight inflation and help New Yorkers. Yorkers to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials said on Friday.

State officials say the remaining owners will receive their checks before the end of the year.

Checks average $823 and range from a few hundred dollars for homeowners with household incomes up to $250,000 to checks over $1,000 for households with incomes under $75,000.

A total of 2.5 million taxpayers will receive a total of $2.2 billion. So far, about $1.7 billion has been sent to qualified taxpayers, according to the state’s tax and finance department.

“The vast majority of these checks have already been delivered and the remaining checks will continue to be mailed in the coming weeks,” said James Gazzale, spokesman for the IRS.

He said the state said some of the checks haven’t gone out yet because it’s awaiting data on school tax bills from some school districts, which it expects to receive later this month- here or at the beginning of September.

Governor Kathy Hochul had argued in April that controls needed to be accelerated so New Yorkers could be relieved from both rising inflation and the economic impact of the pandemic. Most checks were mailed in June, though state officials acknowledged in July that some would have to wait for tax information from school districts.

The state tax department website said a taxpayer can expect to receive the check between when they receive a school tax bill, usually in the spring; and before payment is due, usually in the fall.

Joseph Cipp, 74, and his wife, Laura, of Brookhaven, have been waiting for their check since June. Joseph Cipp began writing letters to state officials in Albany in July, then he began phoning their supervisors and Hochul. He watched his neighbors receive their checks and he didn’t.

“Hochul said everything would be in the mail in June,” Cipp told Newsday. “Every day we ran to the mailbox. ‘Did we understand?’ And we didn’t understand it. »

The retired Bellport teacher and coach knows how schools work, and he doesn’t buy the idea that his late check is because the state lacks certain tax information from school districts. He said his calls and letters to Albany so far haven’t helped, even though city officials have told him all of his tax records are in order. He said he couldn’t even determine if the check was stolen or lost.

“They gave me a bunch of reasons,” he said. “It’s terrible. … I almost said, ‘Forget it,’ but it’s not just a hundred dollars. It’s significant. We’re old and we could use it nowadays.

Gazzale said officials are looking into Cipp’s case.

The state has no way for taxpayers to see if their check has already been sent or is on its way. A taxpayer can view the amount of their check on a state portal at https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/htrc/lookup.htm on the Tax Department’s website. ‘State. The portal provides the check amount based on county, city or town, school district, and income range.

The checks, which are part of the state budget passed in April, are a one-time benefit for homeowners, who do not need to apply or provide information to obtain the benefit. The checks are in addition to traditional STAR property tax breaks.

For tax purposes, owners who do not itemize their tax returns do not need to add the check amount to their tax return. Homeowners who itemize must reduce their itemized deduction for property taxes paid by the total amount of the homeowner tax rebate and STAR credit or deduction. The state urges taxpayers to save their pay stubs.

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