Reduce property taxes for homeowners

School Tax Relief Program (STAR) | NYS Department of Taxation/ NYC Department of Finance

Cash & Expenses Caregiver

STAR provides property tax relief to New York State’s homeowners. It lowers the tax burden on New York residents who live in school districts.

  • Basic STAR is for all homeowners and worth about $300 credit, Enhanced STAR is for people 65 and older and is worth about $600
  • If you’re eligible for the STAR credit, you’ll receive a check for the amount of your STAR savings
  • Senior citizens getting STAR may also be eligible for the Senior Citizens Homeowners’ Exemption (SCHE)
  • You do not need to register for STAR if you are a longtime homeowner with an existing STAR exemption

Am I Eligible?

There are two types of STAR credits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR. To be eligible for both, you should be able to answer yes to all of these questions:

  • Is the property the primary home of at least one of the owners?
  • Do you live in one of the following types of housing?
    • a house
    • a condo
    • a cooperative apartment
    • a manufactured home
    • a farm house
    • a mixed-use property, including apartment buildings (only the owner-occupied portion is eligible)

For Basic STAR, you should also be able to answer yes to this additional question:

  • Is the combined income of all owners who live in the home and their spouses $500,000 a year or less?

For Enhanced STAR, you should also be able to answer yes to these additional questions:

  • Will you, or one of your siblings or spouse who live in the home, be 65 or older by December 31st?
  • Is the combined income of all owners who live in the home and their spouses $86,000 a year or less?

I'm Ready To Apply

You can register for the STAR credit online in just a few minutes. Your application will be reviewed automatically to see if you are eligible.


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Updated December 4, 2019