STAR: New York State’s School Tax Relief Program

New York State’s School Tax Relief Program, or STAR, provides partial school property tax savings to eligible homeowners. Most New Yorkers who own and live in their homes are eligible for STAR savings on their primary residences. There are two STAR programs, Basic and Enhanced, with different eligibility requirements.

You can learn more about STAR on New York State’s website.

Are STAR savings factored into the district budget?

The STAR program is tax relief for homeowners paid for by New York state through state taxes. This tax relief for homeowners does not affect the school district budget.

Are there any changes to STAR for 2020-21?

Two changes to the STAR program were enacted in the state’s budget this year.

  • Taxpayers who have property tax bills “that remain unpaid one year after the last date on which they could have been paid without interest” are not eligible for STAR savings. Homeowners will be excluded from the STAR program until past-due property taxes are paid.
  • There is an extension to the enrollment period for Enhanced STAR filers. The fiscal year 2019 state budget required all Enhanced STAR recipients to enroll in the Income Verification Program. The enrollment period was reopened to allow homeowners who failed to register last year to retroactively verify their income. Learn more about the Enhanced STAR Income Verification Program.