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.

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