New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR NEW STAR 2017/2018 APPLICANTS
 
Beginning with the 2016/2017 tax year New York State has changed the STAR application process.  New STAR applicants must register with the New York State Tax Department to receive a STAR credit.  You are considered a new applicant if you purchased your home after March 15, 2015 or you did not apply for the STAR exemption by March 15, 2015.  New applicants who qualify will receive a STAR credit in the form of a check, instead of receiving a property tax exemption.

If you had the STAR exemption on your property for tax year 2015/2016 and you wish to apply for Enhanced STAR or want to restore a STAR exemption to your property, click here for an application. You must have received STAR in tax year 2015/2016 to fill out this application.

For more information regarding the New York State Tax Credit, homeowners can contact New York State at (518) 457-2036 or by clicking here.
 
If you are currently receiving STAR on your property for this tax year (2015/2016) and you owned the property on March 15, 2015, and you still have questions, please click here to contact us.

 


Eligibility Basic STAR Enhanced STAR
Age There is no age requirement.

All owners must be 65 or older by the end of the calendar year in which the exemption begins, unless they are the spouse or sibling of an owner who is 65 or older by that time. For example, if you own the property and are applying for an exemption that will begin on July 1, 2016, you or your spouse or sibling must be 65 or older by December 31, 2016.

Income The combined income of all resident owners (owners who live on the property) and of any owner’s resident spouse cannot be more than $500,000. Income is federal adjusted gross income minus the taxable amount of total distributions from annuities or individual retirement accounts (commonly known as IRAs).  Income documents will be required to establish your eligibility for this program.

The combined income of all owners and of a resident owner's spouse cannot be more than $86,000. Income is federal adjusted gross income minus the taxable amount of total distributions from annuities or individual retirement accounts (commonly known as IRAs). Income documents will be required to establish your eligibility for this program.

Primary residence The property must be the primary residence of at least one owner.  Married couples owning more than one property can only have STAR on one property unless they are divorced or legally separated and can provide documentation to support their claim.

The property must be the primary residence of at least one owner. Married couples can only have STAR on one property unless they are divorced or legally separated and can provide documentation to support their claim.

Benefit The approximate benefit is a $300 tax reduction The approximate benefit is a $600 tax reduction

 
Note: Properties that receive the 421a benefit are not eligible for the STAR exemption.

 

Forms
Homeowner Tax Benefit Application for STAR Exemption


Note for Property Owners: You may also be eligible to receive the following exemptions: Clergy, Disabled Homeowner, Senior Citizen Homeowner and Veterans. Read More

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