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STAR property tax relief

 
We have issued more than 2 million property tax freeze, property tax relief, and STAR checks, and we continue to mail checks daily. Due to very high call volumes, there are long wait times to reach a representative.

If you are expecting a STAR credit check, please review your 2016 school tax bill. If you received the STAR exemption on your bill, then you are not eligible for the STAR check.

Suffolk County homeowners: Please be aware that we are continuing to receive the necessary data from some towns in your county; credits will be processed in the weeks following receipt of the data.
   
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
  • You 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)

You 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.

  

If you
then you

are receiving a STAR exemption and purchased your current home prior to May 1, 2014,

don't need to register; you will continue to receive the STAR exemption.

To learn more, see STAR Exemption Program.

purchased your home between May 1, 2014, and August 1, 2015,

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.

purchased your home after August 1, 2015,

Whether you receive the STAR exemption or the credit, there are two types of STAR benefits:
Basic STAR
  • available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the resident owners' and their spouses’ income is less than $500,000
  • based on the first $30,000 of the full value of a home
Enhanced STAR
  • provides an increased benefit for the primary residences of senior citizens (age 65 and older) with qualifying incomes ($86,000 or less for the 2017-2018 school year)
  • based on the first $65,500 of the full value of a home (for the 2017-2018 school year)

The STAR benefit applies only to school district taxes. It doesn’t apply to property taxes for other purposes, such as county, town or city (though special rules apply in the state’s five biggest cities, namely, New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, and Syracuse).

Note: senior citizens receiving STAR may also be eligible for the senior citizens exemption—learn more.

Your eligibility for Basic STAR depends on two factors: residency and income. Your eligibility for Enhanced STAR depends on those two factors, plus age. See STAR eligibility to see if you qualify.

Assessment rolls list information for every property in a municipality. The assessment roll is required to be available from your municipal or county website within ten days of the tentative roll date (May 1 in most communities).

Your municipality's homepage should include a link to the assessment roll.  If it doesn't, you should contact your assessor, city council or town board.

Want to know more about the new STAR Credit Program? See our Questions and answers for homeowners to find answers to commonly asked questions.

Updated: January 06, 2017