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Visit the new Homeowner Benefit Portal to view your property tax benefit registrations and enroll in STAR Credit direct deposit!

As a New York State homeowner, you can now view and update your property tax benefit registrations and enroll in direct deposit for your STAR credit. Simply log into your Tax Department Individual Online Services account and visit the new Homeowner Benefit Portal.

After you log in, select the ≡ Services menu in the upper-left corner of your screen. You’ll find the link for Homeowner Benefit Portal in the Real property tax menu.

The School Tax Relief (STAR) program offers property tax relief to eligible New York State homeowners.

If you are eligible and enrolled in the STAR program, you’ll receive your benefit each year in one of two ways:

  • STAR credit. If you are registered for the STAR credit, the Tax Department will issue your STAR benefit via check or direct deposit. You can use your STAR benefit to pay your school taxes. You can receive the STAR credit if you own your home and it's your primary residence and the combined income of the owners and the owners’ spouses is $500,000 or less.

  • STAR exemption: a reduction on your school tax bill. If you’ve been receiving the STAR exemption since 2015, you can continue to receive it for the same primary residence. As long as you remain eligible, you’ll see a reduction on your school tax bill for the amount of your STAR exemption. Note: The STAR exemption is no longer available to new homeowners.

STAR Resources

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Learn about STAR

Whether you're new to the STAR program or considering a switch to the STAR credit, review our resources for a complete overview.

STAR exemption information

The STAR exemption program is closed to new applicants. However, if you’re receiving the exemption, there are limited circumstances when you will need to reapply with your assessor. To learn more see: STAR exemption program.

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Register for STAR

If you've recently bought your home or never applied for the STAR benefit, register—you may save hundreds each year!

Switching to the STAR credit

If you are voluntarily switching to the STAR credit from the exemption or you received a letter that you must update your registration (Form RP-425-RMM or RP-425-RDM), you must complete a STAR credit registration.

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Upgrade to Enhanced STAR

Note: The Enhanced STAR income limit for 2024 is $98,700.
The Enhanced STAR income limit for 2025 is $107,300.

Receiving the STAR credit? You're all set! When you become eligible for Enhanced STAR, we'll automatically upgrade you to the Enhanced STAR benefit.

If you are a Basic STAR exemption recipient who turns 65 and meets the eligibility requirements, you should apply to your assessor for the Enhanced STAR exemption. You only need to apply once. See STAR exemption program.

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Respond to a STAR letter

We may send you a letter requesting additional information or notifying you of a change to your STAR benefit or to the STAR program.

If you received a STAR letter, select it from the list below for more information. (You can find the number of your letter in its lower-left corner.)