STAR property tax relief

What’s new

There have been some changes in how certain homeowners will apply for STAR, and in how they receive their STAR benefit. The STAR program continues to provide much-needed property tax relief to New York State’s homeowners.

New applicants who qualify for STAR will register with New York State instead of applying with their assessor.

If they qualify, they will receive a STAR credit in the form of a check, rather than receiving a property tax exemption. The dollar value of the credit will be the same as the property tax exemption.

If you then you
are receiving a STAR exemption and purchased your current homeprior to May 1, 2014, don’t need to register; you will continue to receive the STAR exemption.

To learn more, see STAR exemption program.

purchased your home between May 1, 2014, and August 1, 2015, need to register to receive the STAR credit if:

  • you bought your home after the 2015 STAR application deadline, or
  • you did not apply for the STAR exemption for your home by the 2015 application deadline.

Otherwise, no action is necessary; you will continue to receive the STAR exemption.

purchased your home after August 1, 2015, need to register for the STAR credit.

For additional information, call the New York State Tax Department at (518) 457-2036.

Types of STAR

  • Whether you receive the STAR exemption or the credit, there are two types of STAR benefits:

    Basic STAR

    • available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the resident owners’ and their spouses’ income is less than $500,000
    • based on the first $30,000 of the full value of a home

    Enhanced STAR

    • provides an increased benefit for the primary residences of senior citizens (age 65 and older) with qualifying incomes ($86,000 or less)
    • based on the first $65,300 of the full value of a home

    The STAR benefit applies only to school district taxes. It doesn’t apply to property taxes for other purposes, such as county, town or city (though special rules apply in the state’s five biggest cities, namely, New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, and Syracuse).

    Note: senior citizens receiving STAR may also be eligible for the senior citizens exemption—learn more.

RP-425 (Fill-in)

Application for School Tax Relief (STAR) Exemption

RP-425-IVP (Fill-in)

School Tax Relief (STAR) Exemption; Optional Income Verification Program

RP-425-Rnw (Fill-in)

Renewal Application for Enhanced School Tax Relief (STAR) Exemption

RP-425-TPN (Fill-in)

Request for Mailing of Notice to a Third Party Regarding Enhanced STAR Exemption

RP-425-Wkst (Fill-in

Income for STAR Purposes Worksheet