STAR Tax Exemption

The School Tax Assessment 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 NYS 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

What’s new?

Due to recent changes in the law:

The value of the STAR credit may increase by as much as 2 percent each year, but the STAR exemption cannot increase. The income limit for the Basic STAR exemption is now $250,000.

Senior citizens who receive Enhanced STAR were required to provide verification to STAR by March 1, 2019. If you are over age 65 and qualify for Enhanced STAR and missed the March 1, 2019 deadline, please call (518) 457-2047.

Who will notice the change?

If your income is more than $250,000, you were automatically switched to the STAR credit. You will receive a check in the mail from the New York State Tax Department to apply to your school taxes. You will not have STAR deducted from your tax bill.

For more information:

The STAR program is not administered by the school district. For more information, call the NYS Tax Department at (518)457-2036 or visit