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Learn about New York's STAR program

April 24, 2017 - The New York State School Tax Relief (STAR) program allows homeowners to lower their school tax bill by exempting a certain amount of the assessed value of their homes.

There are two types of STAR programs:

  1. Basic STAR is available for owner-occupied primary residences with an income of less than $500,000.

  2. Enhanced STAR is available for the primary residence of any resident age 65 and older, with a household income below a specific limit that is adjusted annually based on the rate of inflation – $86,000 for 2017-18. Under the New York state budget, the growth in STAR savings will be limited to 2 percent annually.

What’s new?

There have been some changes in how certain homeowners will apply for STAR, and in how they receive their STAR benefit. The STAR Program continues to provide much-needed property tax relief to New York state’s homeowners.
New applicants who qualify for Basic or Enhanced STAR will register with New York state instead of applying with your assessor. You will receive a STAR credit in the form of a check, rather than receiving a property tax exemption (if you qualify for STAR). The dollar value of the credit will be the same as the property tax exemption.

New applicants who qualify for Enhanced STAR (or who will qualify in the future) do not need to register separately to receive the Enhanced benefit if you’ve already registered to receive the Basic benefit.

When you register for the STAR credit, the Tax Department will automatically review your application to determine whether you are eligible for the Basic or Enhanced STAR benefit amount.

How do I know if I need to register?

  1. If you are receiving a STAR exemption and purchased your home prior to May 1, 2014, then you don’t need to register; you will continue to receive the STAR exemption.

  2. If you purchased your home between May 1, 2014, and August 1, 2015, then you need to register to receive the STAR credit if:

  • You bought your home after the 2015 STAR application deadline, or

  • You did not apply for the STAR exemption for your home by the 2015 application deadline.

Otherwise, no action is necessary; you will continue to receive the STAR exemption.

If you purchased your home after August 1, 2015, then you need to register for the STAR credit. For more information, visit www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star.

Note: The STAR program is not administered by the school district. The amount of your STAR exemption is determined by the Office of Real Property Services (ORPS) in August. Contact your town assessor’s office or visit www.tax.ny.gov for more information.