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Department of Taxation and Finance

Property owners

Changes to STAR

If you currently receive your STAR benefit as a reduction on your school tax bill (the STAR exemption), you may receive a greater benefit if you switch to the STAR credit to receive a check instead.

Recent changes in the law beginning this year:

  • The value of the STAR credit savings may increase by as much as 2% each year, but the value of the STAR exemption savings will not increase.
  • The income limit for the Basic STAR exemption is now $250,000.

If your income is more than $250,000, you must switch to the STAR credit to continue receiving a STAR benefit.

If your income is $250,000 or less, you have the option to switch.

To switch to the STAR credit, all you need to do is register for STAR. We'll notify your assessor that you wish to withdraw your STAR exemption.

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New homeowners

If you’ve recently bought your home or you’ve never applied for the STAR benefit on your current home, you may be able to save hundreds of dollars each year. See STAR program to learn more.

Exemption application deadline

In most localities, the deadline to submit exemption applications is March 1. Check with your assessor for the deadline in your locality. Use Municipal Profiles to find your assessor. Learn more about Property tax exemptions.

Property tax credit lookup

Use the Property Tax Credit Lookup to find details about your 2017, 2018, and 2019 property tax credit checks that have been issued.