STAR Program

Modified: January 2, 2018 11:41am

Taxpayer Alert:
Changes to the NYS STAR program. If you purchased a home recently, the traditional STAR program has changed.  You need to register on line at the NYS Tax and Finance website. STAR is no longer a tax exemption on your school tax bill, you will be mailed a STAR credit check. For those who registerd by July 1, 2017, check the link below and it will tell you when the checks for your school district have been mailed. There is also a phone number to call for more information.


There have been some changes in how certain homeowners will apply for STAR, and in how they receive their STAR benefit. 

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.

Are you eligible?

If you own your home, it’s your primary residence, and your income is $500,000 or less, you’re eligible for the Basic STAR credit.

If you’re a senior citizen with a qualifying income, you may be eligible for the Enhanced STAR credit.

For more information, see STAR eligibility.


How To Register

You can Register for the STAR credit online. You will need to:

  • Provide the names and social security numbers for all owners of the property and their spouses.
  • Answer a few questions about the income and residency of the owners and their spouses.
  • Provide the date you purchased your property and the name of the sellers.

You can also register by calling (518) 457-2036

For more information:

Tax Information


Tax Line: (716) 858-8333
Fax: (716) 858-7744

Erie County Real Property Tax Services
Edward A Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street - Room 100
Buffalo, New York 14202