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2016 property tax credit checks

Beginning this fall, we’re mailing more than 2 million property tax credit checks to provide direct relief for qualifying New York State homeowners. Generally, if you’re eligible for the property tax freeze credit and the property tax relief credit, we’ll automatically mail you a single check.

Both programs require your local taxing jurisdictions to comply with the property tax cap.* In addition, to qualify you must currently receive a STAR benefit. (Please note: If you qualified for the STAR credit this year, you will receive that check separately from the credits described below.)

  • Property tax freeze credit—This program, now in its final year, reimburses qualifying New York State homeowners for increases in local property taxes on their primary residences. Learn more.

  • Property tax relief credit—In the first year of this program, qualifying New York State homeowners are eligible for either a $130 or $185 credit depending on their county of residence. Learn more.


* New York City is not subject to the tax cap. For this reason, city residents are not eligible for the property tax freeze or property tax relief credits. If you are a New York City homeowner or renter, you may, however, be eligible for the New York City Enhanced Real Property Tax Credit.

Updated: February 15, 2017