New York State is accepting appeals from homeowners who didn't receive a property-tax freeze check and believe they are entitled to one, an official said Friday.
Geoffrey Gloak, a spokesman for the Department of Taxation and Finance, said homeowners should call 518-453-8146 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Homeowners also can verify whether a check was issued to them by going to nwsdy.li/taxfreezecheck and clicking the button labeled "Did I Receive A Check?"
Rebate checks -- 600,000 in total -- were sent to Long Islanders between December and last month. They represent a portion of school property-tax payments for 2014.
To be eligible for the Property Tax Freeze Credit, taxpayers must qualify for a separate program -- the STAR property-tax exemption -- and live outside New York City. Their 2013 household income must have been $500,000 or less. The program, established in 2014, will run for at least three years.
Residents of the Bridgehampton and East Hampton school districts aren't eligible because the districts' tax hikes in 2014 exceeded a state-imposed cap on property-tax increases. The rebate is only on the taxpayer's primary residence, not a vacation place or second home.
Gloak said another program -- the Family Tax Relief Credit -- encountered few problems. More than 1 million checks, valued at $350 each, were issued last year and the department only received about 1,000 inquires from taxpayers who didn't get a check and thought they should have, he said.