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Basic STAR tax exemptions are school tax exemptions only and are for all residents (regardless of age) who own and primarily reside in the subject premises.
Any resident owner and/or spouse of an owner residing in the premises earning more than $250,000 in adjusted gross income (AGI) will no longer be eligible for the Basic Star exemption. Income eligibility will be automatically verified each year by the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF) through income tax returns on file. If your AGI is more than $250,000 but less than $500,000, NYS will automatically switch you to the STAR credit program.
If, for any reason, NYS DTF is unable to determine income eligibility, the applicant will be notified by New York State and will be required to prove eligibility. Basic STAR is available to owners of one, two and three family homes provided that it is the primary residence of at least one of the owners.
New STAR applicants will receive a credit in the form of a check directly from New York State instead of receiving a school property tax exemption. Visit New York State Department of Taxation and Finance or call (518) 457-2036 to register.
However, if you are a new owner within the last year, you should submit a copy of your deed with the application.