STAR Program

Modified: January 3, 2019 1:45pm

New for 2019: Senior Citizens Must Enroll in Income Verification Program for Property Tax Break

STAR Property Tax Relief Program

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.

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. 

 

Register for the School Tax Relief (STAR) Credit

 

If you’ve recently bought your home or you’ve never applied for the STAR benefit on your current home, you may be able to save hundreds of dollars each year. You only need to register for the STAR credit once, and you’ll continue to receive the annual benefit as long as you’re eligible.

STAR exemption recipients: You don’t need to register with New York State for STAR if you’re a longtime homeowner with an existing STAR exemption. If you’re a senior citizen who has been receiving the Basic STAR exemption and has become eligible for the Enhanced STAR exemption, you should apply with your local assessor. For more information, see STAR Exemption Program.

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.

 

STAR credit checks

When you register for the STAR credit, the NYS Tax Department will automatically review your application to determine whether you’re eligible for the Basic or Enhanced STAR credit. As long as you’re eligible, you’ll receive a check for the amount of your benefit.

Senior citizens: If you qualify for the Enhanced STAR credit, you only need to register once. If you qualify for Enhanced STAR, you’ll automatically receive a check for the Enhanced benefit. You don’t need to register again in future years.

Note: If you’re a senior citizen, you should also be aware that there is a senior citizens exemption that may reduce your property tax bill if you qualify. This exemption has different income limits than STAR, and is administered by local assessors, not by the Tax Department. See Senior citizens exemption to learn more.

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:  https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/default.htm

Tax Information

Contact

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