Register for STAR Program - School Tax Relief
The School Tax Relief (STAR) program provides eligible homeowners in New York State with relief on their property taxes.
If you're a STAR recipient, you receive the benefit in one of two ways:
- the STAR credit program (open to any eligible homeowner whose income is $500,000 or less)—you receive a check in the mail from the Tax Department to apply to your school taxes
- the STAR exemption program (now closed to new applicants)—you receive a direct reduction on your school tax bill in the form of a property tax exemption
Enhanced STAR, which provides increased savings, is available to qualifying senior citizens ages 65 and older in both the credit and exemption programs; see STAR eligibility.
If your income is greater than $250,000 and less than or equal to $500,000
- If you currently receive the Basic STAR exemption and your income is between $250,000 and $500,000, the program is changing for you. If eligible, you will now receive a check for the STAR credit instead of the reduction on your school tax bill.
- If you receive a letter asking you to update your STAR registration (Form RP-425-RDM), follow the instructions on this page to use the online STAR Registration application.
If your income is $250,000 or less
- If you currently receive the STAR exemption, you can choose to register for the STAR credit to receive a check instead; you may receive a greater benefit. To learn more, see Changes for STAR exemption recipients.
- If you own your home that is your primary residence and your income is $500,000 or less, you’re eligible for the Basic STAR credit.
Enhanced STAR for Those 65 Years of Age and Older - Please Read! New for 2020
Many people miss their first year of eligibility for this exemption by not understanding the age qualifications. The exemption reads that you must be 65 in that taxable year. This means if you turn 65 at any time (even December 31st) in this taxable year and apply for the Enhanced STAR exemption prior to March 1st (when you are 64) you will be eligible for that year.
- If you’re applying or reapplying for the Enhanced STAR exemption, you must enroll in the Income Verification Program. This does not apply to new homeowners and first-time STAR applicants. You only need to enroll once, and you’ll receive the exemption each year, as long as you’re eligible. No deadlines to miss. and your tax returns are not shared with your assessor's office.
- In the first year, your assessor will verify your eligibility based on the income information you provide. In the following years, NYS will verify your income eligibility.
- The income limit for the 2018 roll is $88,050. Everything you list is income EXCEPT distributions from an IRA account. So if you are looking at your taxes to see if you qualify, it would be your adjusted gross income minus any number on line 15b (if applicable).
- Deadline is March 1st: In most towns. Always check with your assessor to see what the date is in your town.
Enhanced Star Enrollment & Forms
To apply or reapply for the Enhanced STAR exemption, submit the following to your assessor:
- Form RP-425-IVP, Supplement to Forms RP-425-E and RP-425-Rnw (include the Social Security numbers of all owners of the property and any of their spouses who reside at the property); and either
- for Basic STAR recipients upgrading to Enhanced STAR: Form RP-425-E, Application for Enhanced STAR Exemption for the 2019-2020 School Year, or
- for renewal applicants: Form RP-425-Rnw, Renewal Application for Enhanced STAR Exemption for the 2019-2020 School Year.
- Instructions for Form RP-467Application for Partial Tax Exemption for Real Property of Senior Citizens