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Department of Taxation and Finance

You are no longer eligible for the Basic STAR property tax exemption. We automatically registered you for the STAR credit. You do not need to take any action.

If you received this letter (Form RP-425-RDS), you are no longer eligible for the STAR exemption due to your income exceeding the limit, but you will receive the STAR credit as long as your income is under $500,000.

Due to a change in New York State law, homeowners with income of more than $250,000 but not more than $500,000 must join the STAR credit program to receive a STAR benefit.

Our records indicate that your 2018 income exceeded $250,000 and, as a result, you are not eligible for a STAR exemption on your school tax bill in 2020. However, you are eligible to receive a check for the STAR credit from our department for 2020.

We enrolled you in the STAR credit program because you previously registered for the STAR exemption or a STAR-related benefit. You do not need to take any action. We will mail a check to you for the STAR credit before the due date of your school tax bill this year and each year in the future, as long as you remain eligible. The check for the STAR credit will be worth at least as much as the STAR exemption.

Eligibility for a 2020 Enhanced STAR exemption is based on income from the 2018 tax year. See STAR eligibility.

What to do next

You do not need to do anything unless you disagree with our determination that your 2018 income was greater than $250,000. If you disagree with our income determination, send us:

  • a copy of this letter,
  • a brief letter of explanation, and
  • supporting documentation.

Supporting documentation may include 2018 New York State or federal income tax returns for all resident owners and any owner’s spouse who resides at the property.

Fax or mail this information to us

Fax: 518-435-8634

         ALBANY NY 12227-0801

If not using U.S. Mail, see Publication 55, Designated Private Delivery Services.