New York State School Tax Relief (STAR) Program
ABOUT THE STAR PROGRAM:
You may be eligible for school property tax savings. If you own property and it is your primary residence, you are probably eligible for a STAR school property tax exemption. To receive your exemption all you have to do is complete an application which you may obtain from your local assessor’s office or download from www.tax.ny.gov. Return the completed form to your local assessor by March 1st. The assessor may require proof of residency and ownership.
2 TYPES OF STAR EXEMPTION:
You may need to re-apply for the basic STAR exemption. All taxpayers eligible for the Basic STAR exemption were required to complete a registration with the NYS Tax Department to continue to receive STAR exemptions in 2014 and subsequent years. If you did not complete this registration, then you must complete the application referred to above and return it to your local assessor by March 1st. You can look on your 2014 tax bill to verify if you are currently receiving the Basic STAR exemption or if you need to re-apply.
Seniors must re-apply annually or participate in the Income Verification Program. The assessor’s office suggests that senior citizens apply for, or renew, your application when you receive your school tax bill each year. That will ensure that you will continue to receive your Enhanced STAR exemption for the following year.