STAR Program

Modified: August 26, 2016 2:41pm

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.

What to do...

If you are receiving a STAR exemption and purchased your current home prior to May 1, 2014, then you do not need to register; you will continue to receive the STAR Exemption.

If you purchased your home between May 1, 2014, and August 1, 2015, then you 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. 

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

To learn more, see STAR Exemption Program.

STAR Application Deadlines

City of Buffalo: December 1, 2014

City of Lackawanna: December 1, 2014

All towns in Erie County and the City of Tonawanda: March 1, 2015

How To Register

You can register for the STAR exemption online. You'll 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