New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR NEW STAR 2017/18 APPLICANTS
New York State has changed the STAR application process. New  applicants must apply directly to the State. This affects homeowners who have applied or are  applying for the tax year starting July 1, 2016, who did not own their property on March 15, 2015 and did not have STAR for tax year 2015/2016. The City’s Department of Finance is mailing letters only to those affected.  For more information, homeowners  can contact the State at (518) 457-2036 or by clicking here. This law change does not affect homeowners who currently receive STAR or Enhanced STAR, as long as they still own that property. It also does not affect any other property tax exemption.
 
If you are currently receiving STAR on your property for this tax year (2015/2016) and you owned the property on March 15, 2015, please click here to ask if you still qualify.


This program provides a partial exemption from school property taxes. For more information read the STAR Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


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 $84,550. 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.


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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