STAR Exemption Program
STAR is the New York State School Tax Relief program that provides an exemption on a portion of school property taxes, or a rebate check for owner-occupied, primary residences. There are 2 types of STAR exemptions or rebate checks - basic and enhanced. View yearly STAR exemption amounts.
Anyone who qualifies for STAR applying after 5/1/2015 will now be required to register directly with NY State (www.tax.ny.gov/star) instead of applying with the Assessor’s Office. If qualified, you will receive a STAR credit in the form of a check rather than a property tax exemption. The dollar value of the credit will be the same as the exemption program. You may register with NY State online at www.tax.ny.gov/star, or over the phone at 518-457-2036.
Basic STAR is available to anyone who owns property and lives in it as their primary residence and whose adjusted gross income for all owners and their spouses is less than $500,000, and had applied for the exemption before 5/1/2015. If you are already receiving the exemption there is nothing for you to do. If you are applying after 5/1/2015, please see STAR Rebate Check Program above.
Enhanced STAR is available to senior homeowners 65 years of age or older with an adjusted gross income under the State-specified limit. This exemption must be applied for annually. View the Enhanced STAR Application, or the Enhanced STAR Renewal.
Enhanced STAR required documents include:
- Copy of your federal or State tax return from 2 years prior to the year you are applying for the exemption (Pages 1 and 2); for example, if you are applying for the 2017 Enhanced STAR, you will need to provide your 2015 tax return
- Copy of driver’s license, birth certificate, or passport as proof of age
Automatic Income Verification Program
An optional income verification application is available for those who wish to automatically verify income whereas applying annually may not be required. In order to take advantage of this program, one would have to file a NYS Income Tax Return annually.